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and subsequently resigned. Leatherman was appreciative of the voters’ support. VAN WERT — Sitting “It is my extreme honor Van Wert County Municipal and pleasure to receive the Judge Jill Leatherman Republican nomination as received the the Van Wert Republican nod in Municipal Court Tuesday’s Primary Judge. I wish to Election, defeating thank all of the vother opponent Todd ers who cast their Wolfrum 1,608 to vote in this elec1,356. tion,” Leatherman Leatherman said. “I am looking was appointed to forward to serving the position by this community former Ohio Gov. and being a fair Ted Strickland in and impartial judge October to comthat will serve Leatherman plete the term of forwith dedication and mer Judge Phil W. Campbell integrity.” after Campbell was suspendSee JUDGE, page 2 ed from the practice of law
Pre-sale pool tickets on sale May 16
Pre-sale swimming pool season tickets will be sold at the Municipal Building, 608 North Canal Street, Delphos from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from May 16-20 and May 23-27. On May 28, 29 and 30, they will be sold at the pool from noon to 8 p.m. (weather permitting). Presale prices are: Single — $60 Family — $170 Over 55 — $50 Regular Prices effective June 1: Single — $80 Family — $195 Over 55 — $70 Applications can be obtained at the Municipal Building or on the city’s web site at cityofdelphos. com. Applications can be mailed in but have to be received no later than May 27 in order to get the presale rates. The city is not responsible for any applications that are not received. To purchase a family pass, bring or attach a copy of the 2010 federal income tax form to show proof of dependents. Checks are to be made payable to “City of Delphos.” The tentative dates for the pool opening will be May 28, 29 and 30 (Memorial Day weekend). The opening will be dependent on air temperature (70 degrees), water temperature (67 degrees) and weather conditions. The tentative pool season will be from noon to 8 p.m. June 2 (unless school is extended) through Aug. 24 General admission — $4 Reissued passes — $5 Swimming lessons — $40 a session Pool parties — $125 Evening swim (6 p.m. to close) — $2 There are no refunds/ rain passes. Children age 2 and under are admitted free and Little Swimmers are required for children who are not toilet-trained.
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Orval Kent faces 11 OSHA violations
BY MIKE FORD firstname.lastname@example.org DELPHOS — Developing after a workplace injury, local manufacturer Orval Kent Foods Company has been cited with 11 safety violations by the federal government. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration conducted an investigation after a worker suffered a puncture wound from a drill press in December 2010. The company faces penalties totaling $60,300. OSHA representative Scott Allen said there were 10 “serious violations” consisting of various fall hazards, a lack of personal protective equipment, failure to train employees on lockout/tagout procedures to prevent accidental energy start-up, a lack of machine guarding, unsecured shelving units, failure to use electrical equipment in accordance with approved uses and leaving a forklift unattended while the engine was running. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known. He said the company was also cited with one “otherthan-serious violation” for failing to properly record and adequately describe injuries in the OSHA 300 log. An otherthan-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health but is not likely to cause death or serious physical harm. “OSHA became aware of
Poll workers at Trinity United Methodist Church and the Walterick-Hemme Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3035 reported unusually low voter turnout in Tuesday’s Primary. At 1 p.m., both polling places had only tallied 60 ballots each. In the Allen County portion of Delphos, voters saw two issues, including levies for Allen County Children and Senior Citizens services. Both measures passed. In the Van Wert portion of Delphos, voters chose Judge Jill Leatherman over challenger Todd Wolfrum for Van Wert County Municipal Court Judge. Above: poll workers Eileen Martz, left, Dianna Hetrick and MaryEllen Gerdeman wait for voters at Trinity United Methodist Church.
St. John’s sets basketball camp
St. John’s Basketball Camp Director Aaron Elwer announces dates for basketball camps held at St. John’s High School for Delphos and surrounding communities. Boys and girls entering grades 2-5 will be from 8 a.m. to noon June 13-16. Boys and girls entering grades 6-9 will be from 1-4 p.m. June 13-16. Applications are available in the high school or grade school office and must be returned by May 30. Increasing clouds Thursday. High in low 60s. See page 2.
VW Hospital transfer agreement executed
By ED GEBERT Staff writer VAN WERT — With a 3-0 vote and a flurry of signatures, the Van Wert County Commissioners effectively ended the debate over the 18 acres of ground housing the Van Wert County Hospital Tuesday afternoon. The commissioners abolished the Van Wert County Hospital Commission, approved the transfer agreement and executed the Quitclaim Deed, delivering it to the Van Wert County Hospital Association. Those actions terminated the former lease agreement between the county and the Hospital Association. “In hindsight, this probably could have been signed
the lack of proper safety procedures due to this injury. So investigators went in there and looked at all kinds of things. They can look at anything the company does and determine if they’re following proper safety procedures. That’s what they did and when they did, they found these violations,” Allen said. However, he could not provide specific details to each of the violations. He did not describe how shelving units were found unsecure — if they would wobble at the touch or held up by two screws instead of four or what constitutes a “failure to train employees on lockout/tagout procedures to prevent accidental energy start-up.” Allen said OSHA’s probe is thorough, despite the lack of details. “Once we got word of the accident, we opened an investigation. We conducted an investigation and issued the citations. All of the items we cited them on are safety violations. We can’t give the details of how that worker received a puncture wound but the fact is this company had 11 safety violations and could cause serious harm to other employees,” Allen said. “We do a very thorough inspection. We talk to the employer. We talk to employees. We ask them very detailed questions on their work habits and how the company operates its safety program. We never announce our visits and our investigators saw these violations.” Calls to Orval Kent were not returned by press time.
Preschoolers get foxy visitor
BY STACY TAFF email@example.com DELPHOS — The preschool classes at Kreative Learning received a special treat Tuesday when Jim Redmond brought one of his pets to share with them. Redmond talked fondly about how the pet wags its tail, chews his shoes, climbs trees and uses a litter box. The animal, which sounds like a catdog, is in fact a baby silver fox. Redmond, who breeds foxes, says they make the perfect pets. “The fox is in the canine family and they’re the smallest wild dog. I have three breeding pairs at home, five reds and a calico,” Redmond said. “This little guy is a silver fox and is only 5 weeks old. Right now he’s almost black in color but when he’s an adult he’ll turn a beautiful silver color, amazingly pretty. He’ll be the color of a silver dollar.” Redmond says one should BY MIKE FORD firstname.lastname@example.org raise and train them just like dogs. “You don’t have to hurt them to train them,” he said. “I teach them using the words ‘no’ and ‘mine.’ When they do something they aren’t supposed to do, I’ll say ‘no’ and if they get a hold of my shoes and start to chew them up, I’ll say ‘mine.’ They have potty accidents just like dogs but you can train them to go in a litter box like a cat. This little guy goes in the litter box most of the time.” Since foxes are canines, a lot of the rules are the same. “I don’t feed them onions or chocolate. Onions are poison to most dogs and dogs shouldn’t have chocolate,” Redmond said. “I also don’t feed them wild fish. The reason is there is a lot of pollution in most bodies of water now and the mercury in some fish can make dogs really sick and make them go crazy. So if I have any leftover fish, they don’t get any. “Also like dogs, they can
Kreative Learning preschoolers Carson Gilchriest, left, and Keaton Schnipke are fascinated by a baby silver fox brought in by breeder Jim Redmond.
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back in November but it was suggested to us that a particular probate document had to flow through first which was not true to the case,” stated County Commissioner Clair Dudgeon. “That created some delay and trying to have the [Hospital] Commission act upon their motions delayed it slightly again.” After months of debate, the Hospital Commission approved the terms of the transfer agreement and an amendment at its last meeting on Oct. 19, 2010. The county commissioners unanimously passed a resolution approving the transfer agreement and amendment on Nov. 16, 2010. However See HOSPITAL, page 3
Council president takes Spencerville mayoral nod
SPENCERVILLE — Republican voters in Spencerville chose PJ Johnson over the village’s 14-year mayor Lynn Cummings in Tuesday’s primary. Johnson is village council president and is ready to contend for the mayoral seat because of his council experience. “By serving on council, I’ve gotten a better understanding of the procedures used in local government. By being involved in different groups and committees that work to improve our community, I’ve gained knowledge as far as the direction we need to go,” he said. If he wins in November, he will focus on the residents’ quality of life. “My goal is to bring the best quality of life to the members of our community and hopefully along the way attract more people and more businesses because our community will look more advantageous to move here,” he said. Johnson says patience and a listening ear will serve him well in the coming campaign.
live to be 15 years old or so in domestication,” he said. “In the wild, they only live to be about 5 years old. In the wild, an old fox is about 7. My foxes get all of the same shots and medicines that my dog does.” While foxes are canines, they don’t behave like dogs naturally. Redmond says his dog Riley is responsible for teaching the foxes how to be more dog-like. “Riley is a pretty small dog and she helps raise the foxes,” he said. “They follow her around and wag their tails like she does.” As a breeder, Redmond doesn’t keep every fox that’s born under his care. However, that doesn’t stop him from enjoying them while he has them. “They do really cute stuff when they’re little,” he said. “This one will take off really fast and get on the kitchen floor and his little feet can’t get any traction, so when he tries to stop he’ll go sliding and land nose-first. It’s very funny.”
“I believe I can move us forward with a professional and positive attitude, listening to those who have something to say and if I don’t have an answer for somebody, I’ll find it and report back.” The 41-year-old mechanic is the fleet and facilities supervisor with the Allen County Engineer’s office. He and his wife, Linda, have two children. Kenneth Armstrong has submitted a petition to run in November as a non-party candidate. Write-in candidates have until Aug. 29 to file.
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Despite rapid growth, India lets its girls die
By MUNEEZA NAQVI The Associated Press MORENA, India — The room is large and airy, the stone floors clean and cool — a welcome respite from the afternoon sun. Until your eyes take in the horror that it holds. Ten severely malnourished children — nine of them girls. The starving girls in this hospital ward include a 21-monthold with arms and legs the size of twigs and an emaciated 1-year-old with huge, vacant eyes. Without urgent medical care, most will not live to see their next birthday. They point to a painful reality revealed in India’s most recent census: Despite a booming economy and big cities full of luxury cars and glittering malls, the country is failing its girls. Early results show India has 914 girls under age 6 for every 1,000 boys. A decade ago, many were horrified when the ratio was 927 to 1,000. The discrimination happens through abortions of female fetuses and sheer neglect of young girls, despite years of high-profile campaigns to address the issue. So serious is the problem that it’s illegal for medical personnel to reveal the gender of an unborn fetus, although evidence suggests the ban is widely circumvented. “My mother-in-law says a boy is necessary,” says Sanju, holding her severely malnourished 9-month-old daughter in her lap in the hospital. She doesn’t admit to deliberately starving the girl but only shrugs her own thin shoulders when asked why her daughter is so sick. She will try again for a son in a year or two, she says. Part of the reason Indians favor sons is the enormous expense in marrying off girls. Families often go into debt arranging marriages and paying elaborate dowries. A boy, on the other hand, will one day bring home a bride and dowry. Hindu custom also dictates that only sons can light their parents’ funeral pyres. But it’s not simply that girls are more expensive for impoverished families. The census data shows that the worst offenders are the relatively wealthy northern states of Punjab and Haryana. In Morena, a sun-baked, largely rural district in the heart of India, the numbers are especially grim. This census showed that only 825 girls for every 1,000 boys in the district made it to their sixth birthdays, down from an already trou-
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Bin Laden’s neighbors saw unusual things
By NAHAL TOOSI and ZARAR KHAN The Associated Press ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan — When a woman involved in a polio vaccine drive turned up at Osama bin Laden’s hideaway, she remarked to the men behind the high walls about the expensive SUVs parked inside. The men took the vaccine, apparently to administer to the 23 children at the compound, and told her to go away. The terror chief and his family kept well hidden behind thick walls in this northwestern hill town they shared with thousands of Pakistani soldiers. But glimpses of their life are emerging — along with deep skepticism that authorities didn’t know they were there. Although the house is large, it was unclear how three dozen people could have lived there with any degree of comfort. Neighbors said they knew little about those inside in the compound but bin Laden apparently depended on two men who would routinely emerge to run errands or to a neighborhood gathering, such as a funeral. There were conflicting details about the men’s identities. Several people said they were known as Tariq and Arshad Khan and had identified themselves as cousins from elsewhere in northwestern Pakistan. Others gave different names and believed they were brothers. Arshad was the oldest, and both spoke multiple languages, including Pashto and Urdu, which are common here, residents said. As Navy SEALs swept through the compound early Monday, they handcuffed those they encountered with plastic zip ties and pressed on in pursuit of bin Laden. After killing the terror leader, his son and two others, they doubled back to move nine women and 23 children away from the compound, according to U.S. officials. Those survivors of the raid are now “in safe hands and being looked after in accordance to the law,” the Pakistani government said in a statement. “As per policy, they will be handed over to their countries of origin.” It did not elaborate. Also unclear was why bin Laden chose Abbottabad, though at least two other top alQaida leaders have sheltered in this town. The bustling streets are dotted with buildings left over from British colonial days. These days it attracts some tourists, but is known mostly as a garrison town wealthier than many others in Pakistan.
bling 829 a decade ago. Though abortion is allowed in India, the country banned revealing the gender of unborn fetuses in 1994 in an attempt to halt sex-selective abortions. Every few years, federal and state governments announce new incentives — from free meals to free education — to encourage people to take care of their girls. In Morena, a Madhya Pradesh state government program offers poor families with one or two daughters a few thousand rupees (a few hundred dollars) for every few years of schooling, and more than 100,000 rupees ($2,250) when they graduate high school. But while a handful of Indian women have attained some of the highest positions in politics and business — from late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi — a deep-rooted cultural preference for sons remains. Even the government has accepted that it has failed to save millions of little girls. “Whatever measures that have been put in over the last 40 years have not had any impact,” India’s Home Secretary G.K. Pillai said last month when announcing the census numbers.
High temperature Tuesday in Delphos was 53 degrees, low was 42. Rainfall was recorded at .42 inch. High a year ago today was 73, low was 53. Record high for today is 88, set in 2001. Record low is 29, set in 1966. WEATHER FORECAST Tri-county Associated Press
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TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Areas of frost after midnight. Lows in the Lower 30s. West winds 5 to 15 mph. THURSDAY: Increasing clouds. Highs in the lower 60s. West winds 5 to 10 mph. THURSDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and a slight chance of a thunderstorm. Not as cool. Lows in the mid 40s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of measurable rain 50 percent. FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. Highs In the lower 60s. West winds 10 to 15 mph. EXTENDED FORECAST FRIDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 40s. S A T U R D A Y , SATURDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 60s. Lows around 50. SUNDAY, SUNDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 60s. Lows in the lower 50s.
Bin Laden found it safe enough to stay for up to six years, according to U.S. officials, a stunning length of time to remain in one place right under the noses of a U.S.-funded army that had ostensibly been trying to track him down. Most intelligence assessments believed him to be along the Afghan-Pakistan border, perhaps in a cave. Construction of the three-story house began about seven years ago, locals said. People initially were curious about the heavily fortified compound — which had walls as high as 18 feet topped with barbed wire — but over time they just grew to believe the family inside was deeply religious and conservative. The Pakistani government also pushed back at suggestions that security forces were sheltering bin Laden or failed to spot suspicious signs. “It needs to be appreciated that many houses (in the northwest) have high boundary walls, in line with their culture of privacy and security,” the government said. “Houses with such layout and structural details are not a rarity.” The house has been described as a mansion, even a luxury one, but from the outside it is nothing special. Bin Laden may have well have been able to take in a view of the hills from secluded spots in the garden, though. The walls are stained with mold, trees are in the garden and the windows are hidden. U.S. officials said the house had no Internet or phone connection to reduce the risk of electronic surveillance. They also said residents burned their trash to avoid collection. Those who live nearby said the people in bin Laden’s compound rarely strayed outside. Most were unaware that foreigners — bin Laden and his family are Arabs — were living there. Khurshid Bibi, in her 70s, said one man living in the compound had given her a lift to the market in the rain. She said her grandchildren played with the kids in the house and that the adults there gave them rabbits as a gift. But the occupants also attracted criticism. “People were skeptical in this neighborhood about this place and these guys. They used to gossip, say they were smugglers or drug dealers. People would complain that even with such a big house they didn’t invite the poor or distribute charity,” said Mashood Khan, a 45-year-old farmer. Questions persisted about how authorities could not have known who was living in the compound, especially since it was close to a prestigious military academy.
Community Health Professionals of Delphos would like to extend our gratitude to the Purse Bingo Committee for generously donating the proceeds from this event to our Visiting Nurses & Hospice programs. Also, thank you to Cammie Miller and the Delphos Eagles for hosting the event and to the food and beverage servers for their hard work. Thank you to anyone else who may have been involved that we may have missed. The funds will be used to help provide hospice services here in our community. Niki DuVall Marketing/volunteer coordinator
DINGELDINE, Lawrence E. “Larry,” Jr., 76, of Spencerville, memorial services will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday at American Legion Post 191 in Spencerville. Legion Chaplain Jerrold Welker will officiate with military rites by the American Legion and VFW posts. Friends may call from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the American Legion hall. Arrangements are by Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion or the new Veterans Memorial Park in Spencerville. SIDEY, Lafayette M. “Bill,” 75, of rural Spencerville, services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, Spencerville, the Rev. Donald Goodwin officiating. Burial will be in Hartford Cemetery in Spencerville. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Aug. 25, 1953-May 2, 2011 Mary Lou “Mrs. A” Altenburger, 57, of Ottoville died 5:11 p.m. Monday at the Cleveland Clinic. She was born August 25, 1953 in Lima to Harold and Mildred (Warnecke) Vorst. Her father is deceased and her mother survives in Kalida. On Oct. 16, 1976, she married Robert Altenburger, who survives in Ottoville. Also surviving are three children, Dana Altenburger M.D. of West Hollywood, Calif., and Ben (Jodi Kroeger) Altenburger and Adam Altenburger of Ottoville; four sisters, Marge (Leonard “Butch”) Kehres of Ottoville, Karen (Tom) Vorst-Horrell of Leawood, Kan., Linda (Jeff) Altenburger of Ottoville, and Terese (Joe) Wantuch of Cincinnati; three brothers, Dennis (Norma) Vorst of Kalida, Dave (Janet) Vorst of Independence, Ky., and Duane (Beth) Vorst of Columbus Grove. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Rose Ann (Vorst) Heck. Mrs. A was a science teacher at Fort Jennings Local School. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville. She was a dedicated teacher; a supportive and loving wife and mother who was charitable and giving of her time to those in need. Mrs. A was known for her quick wit and depth of knowledge on a wide variety of subjects and took great joy in life’s simple moments. She was a member of Country Acres Wednesday night Ladies golf league and was a volunteer at St. Rita’s Medical Center. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 am Saturday, May 7, 2011 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville with Fr. John Stites officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ottoville. Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday at LoveHeitmeyer Funeral Home, Jackson Township (corner of St. Rts. 224 & 634), where a scripture service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday. Memorials may be given to a charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be sent to www.lovefuneralhome.com. Corn: Wheat: Beans:
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While Leatherman has no big changes in mind, she plans to institute a video arraignment system for Municipal Court to avoid transferring inmates back and forth between the courtroom and the jail. “This just makes sense,” Leatherman said this morning. “It will free up deputies to do what they are supposed to do and make the courthouse a safer place.” Another update Leatherman would like to implement is improving the programs offered through the Adult Probation Department. “I would like to see an improvement in those programs. Some have been in place for a while and we need more relevant and effective programming,” she said. Leatherman will serve a six-year term.
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White Castle burger chain now taking online orders
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COLUMBUS (AP) — The 90-year-old White Castle fast-food chain is embracing cyber era technology by introducing online ordering at all its restaurants. The Columbus, Ohiobased company said Tuesday that customers with a hankering for its square “slider” burgers can use an online menu to place an order that can be ready when they arrive at their nearest White Castle restaurant. The chain says the service is particularly useful for people with large orders. White Castle says it tested online ordering in Minneapolis in March and decided to expand the program to all of its more than 400 locations in 11 states, from Missouri to New York.
COLUMBUS (AP) — Auto club AAA says gasoline prices continue to rise to heights never seen before in Ohio. The statewide average price for regular today was a record $4.16 a gallon, according to the daily survey of gas stations done by AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and Wright Express. That’s three cents more than the previous record, set on Tuesday. Ohio pump prices have hit three new all-time highs since Saturday. Ohio is now among the 10 states with the highest gas prices; the state’s average is 18 cents above the current national average for regular, which is $3.98 a gallon. Officials with AAA say the cost of gas keeps climbing due to high oil prices and the changeover from winterto summer-blend gasoline.
COLUMBUS (AP) — House Republicans stuck to a plan in the state budget proposal Tuesday to tax casinos on both what players spend and what they win, a move that both the gambling houses and some business groups said could shrink casino investments and cost Ohio jobs. Their move came as the House Finance and Appropriate Committee voted 20-12 to send the $55.6 billion two-year spending bill to the full GOPcontrolled House. A vote for its passage there was likely Thursday. House Finance Chairman Ron Amstutz, a Wooster Republican, said they were leaving in the language on casinos, and it would continue to be a work in progress. He said Gov. John Kasich’s administration was involved in discussions on the language. “Now that it’s in, they want it to stay in,” he said. Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols declined to discuss the administration’s role in retaining the casino tax proposal. “We’re engaged in communication with the House on a whole host of issues regarding this budget, but we are not going to do our negotiations through the media,” Nichols said. The move comes after House Speaker William Batchelder had earlier told reporters that language would be stripped. It
Ohio panel approves changes to state budget
calls for taxing casinos’ gross receipts without deducting winnings and payouts. Casino developers Penn National Gaming Inc. and Rock Gaming LLC argue that definition conflicts with the 2009 constitutional amendment approved by Ohio voters, which requires casinos to pay 33 percent of gross earnings — defined as total amount wagered, minus winnings. Eric Schippers, a senior vice president with Penn National Gaming Inc., has called the House change “unique and discriminatory” treatment under Ohio’s commercial activity tax. He contended that if someone spends $10 and wins $1,000, casinos would pay tax on the $1,000 under the change. House Republican spokesman Mike Dittoe said the House language simply clarifies what House analysts say is already effectively in law. House members also are backing off on changes that would have allowed some county-operated jails to privatize services. Amstutz said more time was needed to review those changes. Lawmakers also want to limit Kasich’s idea to give parents a way to take over failing schools. Instead, the House wants to limit that idea to a pilot program in the Columbus school district. Amstutz said they were also clarifying what taxes prisons would pay under the governor’s privatization plan. In addition, they wanted to give the administration two years, instead of just one year, to explore privatizing state highway services. Kasich, a first-term Republican governor, has said leasing the Ohio Turnpike to a private operator has the potential to yield $2.5 billion. He says if he couldn’t get that amount for the 241-mile toll road across northern Ohio, then he probably wouldn’t go through with the idea. They are further refining provisions in the bill relating to charter schools, a move Amstutz said would avoid creating a “wild West” of such schools in the state. Democrats blasted the budget legislation, saying that the cuts to local governments and school funding go too deep and would lead to teachers, police officers and other public workers to be laid off as employers try to shore up money. “It is not the jobs bill,” said Rep. Matt Lundy, D-Elyria. “It’s the jobs buster.” The state faces an estimated $8 billion budget shortfall. Local governments are in line for a 33 percent cut in general revenue — from $1.3 billion to $865 million — under Kasich’s plan. That remains unchanged in the Republicans’ proposal. Republicans said the last budget was propped up by the use of one-time, federal stimulus dollars that are not available. In addition, they argued it punted structural problems down the road. “That makes tonight a much more painful night,” Amstutz said. “That makes July 1 a much more painful date because the things that need to be done to bring this state into alignment with the resources it has, has not been done.” The Republican-led state Senate, which began initial hearings this week, has yet to take up the measure. The deadline for passing the budget is June 30. It will cover the two years beginning July 1. A coalition of labor, environmental, faith-based, student and community groups planned to protest the budget at the Statehouse on Thursday. Among changes the Republican-led House has already signaled it will make to Kasich’s spending blueprint are eliminating the estate tax and making lower-costing instate tuition rates available to graduates of Ohio high schools who have left the state for up to a decade. The House also wants to get rid of a Kasich proposal that would require university faculty to teach an extra class every other year and another of the governor’s budget provisions that would shift 2 percent of pension contributions from employers to employees.
The House budget removes Kasich’s proposed changes to the state’s criminal sentencing laws, which were moved as part of a separate bill earlier Tuesday. The House budget largely retains policy initiatives Kasich proposed, including the overhaul of Medicaid programs, although it shifts more money to certain areas. For example, the House plan puts $15 million more over the two-year budget cycle in the PASSPORT program, an inhome care option for seniors. Legislators also added $80 million to the school foundation formula, providing particular help to suburban districts that took hits under Kasich’s plan. The new calculations mean no district will see a cut of more than 20 percent, the House estimated. For local governments, among the hardest hit in Kasich’s plan, the House has proposed a special fund to encourage shared service between townships and other municipalities. Their provision diverts $50 million a year from the commercial activity tax paid by businesses to a special fund for local governments that collaborate. House budget changes impose some legislative oversight on the governor’s ability to sell off state assets, requiring authorization from the Legislature for how sale proceeds are spent.
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process ground to a halt. As Dudgeon indicated, the commissioners were informed incorrectly about what was needed to finalize the agreement. The Hospital Commission, which is the organization formed to look after the county’s interests in regards to the lease of property with the Hospital Association, did not meet as required during the first or second quarter of 2011. In response to the lack of execution of the transfer agreement, the Hospital Association filed a Petition for Writ of Mandamus in the Ohio Tenth District Court of Appeals on April 8. That petition was to essentially force the Hospital Commission to execute the agreement. Another suit was filed almost two weeks later by a private attorney ostensibly on behalf of the Hospital Commission along with Commission Member HAMILTON (AP) — Farrel Krall against the Hospital Three teenage boys have admitted to charges in the setting of a classmate’s hair on fire on a school bus in southwest Ohio. A 17-year-old, a 16-yearold and a 15-year-old boy entered guilty or “true” pleas Tuesday in Butler County Juvenile Court in Hamilton. The 15-year-old and the 17-year-old pleaded to attempted aggravated assault and will remain in juvenile detention until sentencing May 27. The 16-year-old pleaded to disorderly conduct and will be electronically monitored at home until sentencing. The Hamilton JournalNews reports that 16-year-old Devin Lewis says he was on a Middletown school bus Feb. 4 when someone pulled off his hood. He says he jerked his head back when a student held a lighter in front of his face and another student then set his hair on fire.
Association. That suit alleged that certain financial documents related to the transfer had not been turned in by the Hospital Association, however it was determined that day that the documents were, in fact, properly submitted. The Hospital Commission has subsequently been removed from that lawsuit. Tuesday’s approval marks the first official action on the agreement since November and likely the last action needed at all. Two of the three county commissioners had already gone on record with their affirmative votes last November. The newest member of the County Commission, Thad Lichtensteiger, also spoke in favor of the transfer agreement shortly before Tuesday’s vote. “There is a thing or two I’d like to see tweaked to make it a little bit better from the chair I sit in, but I don’t see anything in it that is objectionable that would
stop me from moving for it,” he revealed. Also on hand for the signing was Hospital Commission Vice Chair Mark Hartman who was thanked, along with the other commission members, for their service. County Commissioner Gary Adams shared, “I know it’s been kind of a roller coaster situation, but we just appreciate all that the commission has done in the past, and I’m sure the hospital would want to reiterate that also.” Speaking for the Hospital Association was attorney Charles Koch. “We would just echo the same thing,” he said. “We appreciate the effort on behalf of the [Hospital] Commission, and particularly are happy with the decision of the county commissioners today.” Ultimately, the desire for a transfer agreement was to enable the Hospital Association to use the building and land as collater-
al in financing situations. Rather than turning to capital investments from outside entities like hospital systems for financing, the deal will strengthen the hospital’s standing and enable decisions to continue to be made locally. Such deals which would put Van Wert County Hospital under the umbrella of other hospital systems have been repeatedly turned down in the past. Hospital Association member
Andy Czajkowski declared, “It’s for the long-term financial viability of a locally-owned and controlled hospital, and that’s what we attained here. We’re pleased that it’s come to a good conclusion.” The transfer agreement provides the county commissioners a seat on the Hospital Board, giving the county more input in the direction of the hospital than at any time previous.
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“Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.” — Maya Angelou, American author and poet
With bin Laden gone, will US stick to plan?
By ROBERT BURNS and DONNA CASSATA Associated Press WASHINGTON — The demise of Osama bin Laden complicates what was already a tough call for President Barack Obama: how to wind down the nearly decade-old war in Afghanistan. Now the symbolic reason for staying in the fight — to get al-Qaida’s leader and avenge 9/11 — has been undercut. Momentum had been building in Congress and elsewhere for a shift to a narrower, less costly military mission in Afghanistan even before the U.S. raid that killed bin Laden. This could suit Obama’s desire to put Afghanistan behind him by beginning a phased troop pullout this summer along with NATO partners. But it also could put him at sharper odds with his military commanders, who argue for a slower drawdown and a longer-term military commitment that they believe would lessen the chances of Afghanistan again falling apart. U.S. commanders fear squandering hard-fought battlefield gains, particularly those achieved with the addition last year of an extra 30,000 American troops. They now face a spring offensive by the Taliban, whose goal remains undermining the Afghan government, discrediting its security forces and driving out U.S. troops. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., reflected a wider skepticism about remaining heavily involved in Afghanistan when he said Tuesday that he had not imagined at the outset of the war in October 2001 that U.S. troops would still be there — “with no end in sight, even after the death of Osama bin Laden.” Top administration officials have vowed not to abandon Afghanistan, even as the U.S. military role shrinks, and their central rationale is not changed by the elimination of bin Laden. They point to 1989 and the U.S. decision to walk away from Afghanistan after the Soviet occupation collapsed; chaos ensued, the Taliban rose to power and al-Qaida had a launch pad for global terror. The worry is that the pattern would be repeated if the U.S. left anytime soon, giving terrorists a haven and compelling a future president to
One Year Ago • Samantha Stevenson was honored as the Delphos Optimist Club student of the month. Optimist member and Superintendent WASHINGTON (AP) — Jeff Price presented her with a plaque and a $50 is a savings The nation’s archivist said certificate from the club. Samantha is a sixth-grader at St. Tuesday he’s uncomfortable John’s and is the daughter of Jeremy and Kelly Stevenson. with allowing White House staff members to decide 25 Years Ago — 1986 whether their tweets, emails • The 30th anniversary celebrations of Allen County and Facebook messages from Museum will begin Sunday with a docent style show in the personal accounts are workmuseum auditorium. According to Curator Ray Schuck, to related and must be saved. commemorate the anniversary, the museum docents will host David Ferriero, archivist a style show of historic garments from the nineteenth and of the United States, told a twentieth centuries. House hearing that official • Delphos native Greg Lemke, 30, was recently named a communications sent from a Pew Foundation Scholar by the Pew Biomedical Trust. Each presidential employee’s perrecipient is awarded $50,000 per year for the next four years sonal device, using personal to fund their research in biomedical sciences. Dr. Lemke was accounts, must be preserved nominated for the award by the Salk Institute where he has under the law. However, a been an assistant professor for the past seven months. staff member gets to deter• The Pin Busters won the women’s division and Capitol mine what is official. Vending won the men’s title in the year end house tournament Brook Colangelo, the at Delphos Recreation Center. Members of the Pin Busters Obama administration’s chief include Norma Von Sossan, Jackie Trenkamp, Betty Stanz, information officer, said Dolly Howbert and Ruth Kleman. Members of the Capitol there’s no way to automatiVending team include Steve Klausing, Frank Cardone, Ken cally capture communications Utrup, Alan Etzkorn and Jerry Mericle. from personal accounts unless they are accessed through a government-issued computer 50 Years Ago — 1961 • Two hundred and sixty-one ladies attended the card party or personal device, such as held Tuesday evening at the Delphos Country, the party being an iPad or BlackBerry. He sponsored by the women of the club. Guests from Ottoville, said the administration relies Fort Jennings, Kalida, Gomer, Lima, Elida, Van Wert and on periodic training to help Delphos, were welcomed by Mrs. Melvin Westrich, a member employees make the right of the Country Club social committee. Serving as hostesses decision. Asked by Rep. Darrell were Mrs. Jack Werner, Mrs. Aloysius Gengler, Mrs. Ray Issa, R-Calif., whether he was McKowen, Mrs. Ed Wiecher and Irene Miller of Ottoville. • The village of Elida will experience a “musical invasion” comfortable with a voluntary May 6 when 4,000 junior high musicians will more than triple system Ferriero, the archivist, the town’s population for a one-day stand. The youngsters, replied, “Any time there is from eight surrounding counties, will participate in approxi- human intervention, then I’m mately 12,000 events, according to Gene Wollenkaupt, Elida not comfortable.” The Obama White House music instructor and chairman for the day’s activities. • Dick Thompson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Thompson uses virtually every form of of Delphos, has been capped for Romophos, an honorary orga- social media to get its message nization at Ohio State University. Dick was one of 22 freshmen across, including Facebook, selected. A graduate of Delphos Jefferson High School, Dick Twitter, Myspace, LinkedIn, is a member of Alpha Gamma Rho, an agriculture fraternity at Digg, YouTube and iTunes among others. the university. The White House automatically captures and retains all 75 Years Ago — 1936 • Election of officers was effected at a meeting of the communications sent to and Youth’s Fellowship Society of the Christian Church held at the from government computers home of Mrs. G. C. Patton, South Canal Street. The following and government-issued perwere chosen: Edna May, president; Glen Spring, vice presi- sonal devices. But only the dent; Dorothy Mundy, secretary; Alma Grunden, treasurer; president and vice president Martha Springer, chorister; Mrs. G. C. Patton, supervisor; and can determine which White House records must be turned Wilmer Hammons, publicity officers. • St. Peter’s Lutheran Church choir in this city presented over to the National Archives a program of music at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Fort and Records Administration Jennings Sunday afternoon. The large assemblage was appre- when the administration ends. Holding up an iPad, Issa ciative of the fine selections rendered by the choir and by the featured soloists. Mrs. W. L. Carter directed. Rev. Charles — chairman of the House Oversight and Government Stroh, pastor at St. John’s and Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Plasic Reform Committee — told assisted the choir. the White House’s Colangelo: • The annual commencement of the Vaughnsville High “People carry a product that School will be held May 22 at the Union Church at Vaughnsville. circumvents your entire sysThirty-one pupils will receive diplomas at that time. It is the tem” of preserving records. largest class ever to graduate at Vaughnsville. Rosalia Hofman “I’m not sure how we is the valedictorian of the class and Medway Hofman is the would collect data from persalutatorian. sonal accounts,” Colangelo said. He added that White House staff members cannot access their personal accounts from their government computers and government-issued personal devices, a policy that is stricter than in many workplaces. In a Bush administration controversy, political advisers to the president used their Republican National Committee e-mail accounts to conduct official government business. Issa turned that example around, telling Colangelo that Obama administration staff members — using personal accounts and personal devices — “could be emailing the DNC (Democratic National Committee) back and forth ... from the White House and you would not be able to capture that, correct?” “That’s correct sir,” Colangelo said. Another provision would require organizations that raise funds to build presidential libraries to disclose information about their donors. Key parts of the legislation passed the House in the previous Congress, but never were enacted into law.
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WH struggles to get story right on raid
By ERICA WERNER Associated Press WASHINGTON — Killing Osama bin Laden was a big victory for the U.S., but how exactly the raid went down is another story — and another, and another. Over two days, the White House has offered contradictory versions of events, including misidentifying which of bin Laden’s sons was killed and wrongly saying bin Laden’s wife died in gunfire, as it tries to sort through what the president’s press secretary called the “fog of combat” and produce an accurate account. The contradictions and misstatements reflect the fact that even in the case of a highly successful and popular mission, the confusion inherent in a fast-paced, unpredictable military raid conducted under intense pressure in a foreign country does not lend itself immediately to a tidy story line, some experts said. “People are demanding the equivalent of a movie, they want to know scene by scene the most trivial details. You’re in the middle of a combat operation,” said Anthony Cordesman, a national security analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “One of the things we all have to be careful about is the idea that you can suddenly rush to transparency and understanding in a matter of minutes or hours on the first day of an event like this.” The circumstances for the Navy SEALs involved hardly lent themselves to careful note-taking. One of their helicopters stalled even before they rushed bin Laden’s compound, entering different rooms from different angles, not knowing who they’d find and then, according to the White House, engaging in a firefight. Some of what happened during those 40 minutes in Abbottabad, Pakistan, may never be known. Nevertheless, the contradictory statements seem certain to raise suspicions about the White House’s version of events, given that no independent account from another source is likely to emerge. The only non-U.S. witnesses to survive the raid are in Pakistani custody. Some of the White House contradictions and corrections that have emerged so far: —White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan told reporters Monday that bin Laden’s son Khalid was killed in the raid. When the White House released a transcript of Brennan’s briefing, the name had been corrected to that of another son, Hamza. —Brennan said bin Laden’s wife died while shielding the terrorist leader from U.S. gunfire. Carney said Tuesday that the wife hadn’t died and
intervene yet again. “Nobody wants them (U.S. troops) to leave and come home more than I do, but I don’t want them to go back,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, an outspoken supporter of Obama’s plan to keep troops there until at least 2014, told reporters. His advice to the president: “Stay with the plan you got.” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, who traveled to Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan last month, said it was clear the administration’s plan is working. “I don’t want to see us take any steps that jeopardize the progress we’ve made,” Boehner told reporters. Coincidentally, just one day before Obama gave the go-ahead for the nighttime raid on bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan, he announced a new U.S. lineup in Afghanistan, with Lt. Gen. John Allen replacing Gen. David Petraeus as the military commander and Ryan Crocker succeeding Karl Eikenberry as the top U.S. diplomat. But Obama did not say this meant a change of war strategy. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., acknowledged the likelihood that bin Laden’s death would increase public pressure to bow out.
Senate Dems eye $4T budget savings
By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press WASHINGTON — The top Democrat in the Senate on budget matters said Tuesday that he’s preparing a fiscal blueprint to slash the deficit by $4 trillion over the upcoming decade — a plan built on the bipartisan findings of President Barack Obama’s deficit commission. Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D., said the plan calls for a complete overhaul of the tax code — stripping out numerous tax write-offs while lowering income tax rates — but would leave Social Security untouched. The tax reform idea would generate an overall revenue increase in the range of perhaps $1 trillion over the coming decade. Conrad briefed his Democratic colleagues on the draft plan, which under Capitol Hill’s arcane budget process is a blueprint setting a nonbinding framework for future legislation. The measure could come up for a committee vote next week, Conrad said. The Senate Democratic plan would offer a counterpoint to a House GOP budget plan that passed last month. The GOP measure calls for a dramatic overhaul of Medicare that, for future retirees now 54 years old or younger, would turn the popular elderly health care program into a voucher-like system in which beneficiaries would purchase health insurance. Conrad is also part of a socalled Gang of Six senators working on a separate track to devise a stronger plan that would seek to force Congress to pass deficit-slashing legislation. The group is struggling to reach agreement on a complicated measure that set targets for spending cuts and tax increases that would be enforced by automatic spending cuts and tax increases if Congress is unable to meet them. The various maneuvering on the budget comes as out-of-control deficits presently force the government to borrow more than 40 cents of every dollar it spends — and Congress confronts a wrenching vote to permit the government to borrow even more that the $14.3 trillion of already-accumulated federal debt. Lawmakers in both parties promise that measure will be accompanied by spending cuts. Vice President Joe Biden is hosting a meeting on Thursday with a bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers in hopes of working towards agreement on the
was merely shot in the leg, although another woman did die. But it wasn’t clear that either of them was trying to shield bin Laden. —Brennan and other officials suggested that bin Laden was holding a gun and even firing at U.S. forces. Carney said Tuesday that bin Laden was unarmed. —Officials have offered varying accounts of how President Barack Obama and his team in the White House Situation Room were able to monitor the raid. Without providing details on the technology involved, Brennan said that “we were able to monitor in a real-time basis the progress of the operation from its commencement to its time on target to the extraction of the remains and to then egress off of the target.” CIA Director Leon Panetta told PBS on Tuesday that “Once those teams went into the compound, I can tell you that there was a time period of almost 20 or 25 minutes that we really didn’t know just exactly what was going on.“ —The night of the raid, administration officials held a telephone briefing for reporters. “During the raid, we lost one helicopter due to mechanical failure,” one of the administration officials said. Later in the same call, another official contradicted that: “We didn’t say it was mechanical.”
budget. But the common wisdom is that the panel’s discussions may not bear much fruit since the panel is stocked with partisan loyalists from both political parties. Conrad had little specific to say about either his Tuesday proposal or the secretive work of the Gang of Six. But he says both emulate the work of the bipartisan budget commission on which he served. Conrad voted for the commission’s plan, which blended cuts to defense and domestic programs with an increase in the gas tax and $1 trillion in new revenues flowing from a radical tax overhaul. “What I am laying out borrows heavily from the fiscal commission,” Conrad told reporters. It’s debatable at best whether the Democraticcontrolled Senate and the GOP-dominated House can come to agreement on a budget resolution. Conrad’s call for higher taxes is a nonstarter with tea party-backed House Republicans while Democrats have launched an assault on the House-backed overhaul or Medicare, which would call for replacing the current system in which the government directly pays doctor and hospital bills with subsidies of private insurance whose purchasing power erodes over time.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
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BY LOVINA EICHER 6:30 a.m. — Time to get up and start another day. It is Saturday so we hope to get some work caught up. After all the rain we had, a lot of the stuff in the yard was left unattended. 8 a.m. — Breakfast is ready which consists of eggs, fried potatoes, bacon, toast, cheese, milk, and homemade grape juice. I had to buy our potatoes for the first time in quite awhile. All winter we have used potatoes out of our garden, so this was something different to put on my grocery list. As soon as the garden dries out we want to plant onions, potatoes, and more early things. 9 a.m. — Daughter Elizabeth, 16, and I do the laundry. It has been so rainy that we decided to take advantage of the nice, sunny day. Susan, 15, and Verena, 13, are washing dishes and sweeping floors. Loretta, 10, was cleaning the boys bedroom upstairs which was topsy-turvy again. For some reason you can always tell which is the boys bedroom. My husband Joe is getting the lawn mower ready so someone can mow the grass for the first time this spring. We needed the blade sharpened so we sent Benjamin, 10, and Joseph, 8, with Stormy the pony a few miles down the road to get it sharpened. Lovina, 6, and Kevin, 5, went along for the ride. The children are excited about our new miniature pony which they named Tiger. He is 2 years old and is not trained yet. He is a little rowdy and needs to be calmed down. Susan and Benjamin want the job to train him. They are looking forward to their first experience at training a colt. 11 a.m. — A van drove in with some of Joe’s uncles and aunts from Indiana. They came for a short visit and to see where we lived. Sam and Mary Jane Hilty, Roman and Flossie Hilty, Elmer and Sylvia Eicher, and Barbara Schwartz were our visitors. Mary Jane, Flossie, and Barbara are all Joe’s Dad’s sisters and Elmer is a brother. We were surprised to see them stop in and enjoyed visiting with them again. Sylvia was my midwife in Berne and delivered our six oldest children 12:30 p.m. — We eat a light lunch of bologna and ham sandwiches. 1:15 p.m. — Susan and Verena are outside raking and mowing. Elizabeth and I are bringing in the laundry that is dry and folding it. Joe is trimming our pine trees. He is cutting them back so it will be easier to mow and easier to see when we pull out of our drive. The rest of the children are helping him and using Stormy to haul away the branches, I am glad for my big kitchen and dining room area as we have an 8 foot table set up with noodles drying. Last night Joe made hot wings on the grill and I made chicken noodle soup with the fresh noodles. Homemade noodles are a lot better tasting than store bought noodles and they expand more in the broth when they are cooking than store bought, so you get more quantity. Mom used to know just how many handfuls of the homemade noodles to put in each kettle. 4:30 p.m. — The floors are mopped and they are all finishing up with the work outside. I have hamburgers in the oven cooking for supper. I use my bar pan stone a lot that I ordered at a Pampered Chef party. We do all of our bacon on it too now. I also like to use it for chicken and hamburgers. I am going to have a party here on Wednesday to try to earn some more kitchen items for myself. My stainless steel kettles that Joe gave to me over 20 years ago have some handles missing and I also need larger ones for our size family. 5:30 p.m. — Supper is over and the girls are washing dishes. Boys are getting cleaned up. Elizabeth has left with her friend, Timothy. They will spend the weekend with friends in northern Indiana. Meanwhile, I am baking a few rhubarb custard pies to take along to Jacob and Emma’s tomorrow. They told us to come for dinner and we plan to. 9 p.m. — Bedtime and everyone is glad to call it a day. We took advantage of the nice day and accomplished a lot. God’s blessings to all. Edition cookbook, “AMISH COOKBOOK USA” (a collection recipes from Amish settlements across the United States). $100.00 OTHER: Create your own level. To join The Amish Cook Friend Club, send to: Oasis Newsfeatures, PO BOX 157, Middletown, Ohio 45042 or to join online visit www. oasisnewsfeatures.com/special. A video message is also available for viewing at www. oasisnewsfeatures.com/special. The Friend Club drive goes through May 6, with percentage of goal reached to appear after Lovina’s column until then. Of course the main benefit of joining the Friend Club is knowing that you’re helping to keep The Amish Cook column on sound ground for a long time to come. Percentage of goal reached: 10 percent.
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TODAY 6 p.m. — Shepherds of Christ Associates meet in the St. John’s Chapel. 6:30 p.m. — Delphos Kiwanis Club meets at the Eagles Lodge, 1600 E. Fifth St. 7 p.m. — Bingo at St. John’s Little Theatre. Delphos Civil Service Commission meets at Municipal Building. 7:30 p.m. — Hope Lodge 214 Free and Accepted Masons, Masonic Temple, North Main Street. 9 p.m. — Fort Jennings Lions Club meets at the Outpost Restaurant. THURSDAY 9-11 a.m. — The Delphos Canal Commission Museum, 241 N. Main St., is be open. 11:30 a.m. — Mealsite at Delphos Senior Citizen Center, 301 Suthoff Street. 5-7 p.m. — The Interfaith Thrift Shop is open for shopping. 6:30 p.m. — Delphos Ladies Club, Trinity United Methodist Church. 7 p.m. — Delphos Emergency Medical Service meeting, EMS building, Second Street. 7:30 p.m. — Delphos Chapter 23, Order of Eastern Star, meets at the Masonic Temple, North Main Street. FRIDAY 7:30 a.m. — Delphos Optimist Club meets at the A&W Drive-In, 924 E. Fifth St. 11:30 a.m. — Mealsite at Delphos Senior Citizen Center, 301 Suthoff Street. 1-4 p.m. — Interfaith Thrift Store is open for shopping. SATURDAY 9 a.m.-noon — Interfaith Thrift Store is open for shopping. St. Vincent DePaul Society, located at the east edge of the St. John’s High School parking lot, is open. 10 a.m to 2 p.m. — Delphos Postal Museum is open. 12:15 p.m. — Testing of warning sirens by Delphos Fire and Rescue 1-3 p.m. — Delphos Canal Commission Museum, 241 N. Main St., is open. 7 p.m. — Bingo at St. John’s Little Theatre. SUNDAY 1-3 p.m. — The Delphos Canal Commission Museum, 241 N. Main St., is open. 1-4 p.m. — Putnam County Museum is open, 202 E. Main St. Kalida. MONDAY 11:30 a.m. — Mealsite at Delphos Senior Citizen Center, 301 Suthoff Street. Please notify the Delphos Herald at 419-695-0015 if there are any corrections or additions to the Coming Events column.
The University of Akron announced Mindy Fetzer of Elida, Meagan Deitering of Spencerville and Amanda Ream of Van Wert made the Dean’s List for the Fall 2010 semester. These students maintained a 3.5 or better GPA.
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By TIM REYNOLDS The Associated Press MIAMI — A year ago, the story was different for LeBron James. Exactly 365 days after losing Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at home — his former home in Cleveland, anyway — against Boston, James was on the cusp of losing the upper hand to the Celtics again. Not this time. James scored 24 of his 35 points in the second half, Dwyane Wade added 28 and the Heat used a late 14-0 run to pull away and beat the aching Celtics 102-91 in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series on Tuesday night. Tom Morris photo “Feel good about it,” Oh so close for Jefferson’s Joey Lindeman at 11-6 of James said. “Series is the pole vault event Tuesday versus Paulding at the Scott far — far, far, far — Memorial Track but he clipped the bar. He finished sec- away from over. It’s really just beginning for us.” ond. James shot 14-of-25 from the field and logged 44 minutes with no turnovers. Chris Bosh finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds for Miami, Jefferson home track meet vs. 3,200 Meter Run: 1. Brooke which leads the best-of-7 Paulding Zuber (S) 13:07.30; 2. Matthews (W) 2-0. Points 5-3-1 (except relays: 5) 13:26.00; 3. Poling (W) 13:30.70; 4. Game 3 in Boston isn’t Girls 4x800 Meter Relay: 1. Janelle May (C) 14:12.50. Paulding 11:39.72. 100 Meter Hurdles: 1. Gabrielle until Saturday night and the Boys 4x800 Meter Relay: 1. Metzner (S) 15.70; 2. Erika Frey (C) Celtics may be particularly Paulding 9:36.97. 16.00; 3. K. Myers (W) 18.40; 4. thankful for the break. Girls 100 Meter Hurdles: 1. Jessica Hammons (S) 18.50. Rajon Rondo played Chelsey Bishop (D) 17.65; 2. Singer 300 Meter Hurdles: 1. Erika Frey (P) 19.34. (C) 50.40; 2. Wannemacher (W) through a balky back to score Boys 110 Meter Hurdles: 1. Cody 53.20; 3. Jessica Hammons (S) 20 points and add 12 assists Biglow (D) 17.34; 2. K. Hernandez 54.50; 4. Janelle May (C) 55.00. (P) 20.34. 4x100 Meter Relay: 1. St. for Boston, which got 16 Girls 100 Meter Dash: 1. Bridget John’s (Gabrielle Metzner, Macy points from Kevin Garnett Culp (D) 13.15; 2. Chelsey Bishop Pier, Emilie Fischbach, Samantha and 13 from Paul Pierce — (D) 13.84; 3. LaFountain (P) 14.02. Bonifas) 53.90; 2. Wayne Trace who retreated to the locker Boys 100 Meter Dash: 1. Pier 54.40. (P) 11.28; 2. Mitchell Antalis (D) 4x200 Meter Relay: 1. Wayne room for treatment on his 11.96; 3. Zavier Buzard (D) 12.12. Trace 1:53.80; 2. Crestview (Erika strained left Achilles’ in the Girls 4x200 Meter Relay: 1. Frey, Grace Callow, Layne Callow, first half. Ray Allen was held Paulding 2:02.74. Ami Callow) 1:56.30. Boys 4x200 Meter Relay: 1. 4x400 Meter Relay: 1. Crestview to seven points and left with Paulding 1:36.81. (Ami Callow, Courtney Perrott, Erika what he said was a bruised Girls 1,600 Meter Run: 1. Frey, Layne Callow) 4:18.70; 2. chest cavity courtesy of an Johanns (P) 6:27.75; 2. Stephanie Wayne Trace 4:37.70. Koenig (D) 6:37.65; 3. McCullough 4x800 Meter Relay: 1. Crestview elbow from James in the third (P) 7:01.31. (Layne Callow, Janelle May, quarter. Boys 1,600 Meter Run: 1. Jones Elizabeth Saylor, Courtney Perrott) “Being down 2-0 doesn’t (P) 5:28.90; 2. Burnett (P) 5:31.09; 10:27.30; 2. St. John’s (Emma 3. Layman (P) 5:38.00. Boggs, Ally Mohler, Brooke Zuber, scare any of us, doesn’t make Girls 4x100 Meter Relay: 1. Courtney Grothouse) 10:33.70. us nervous,” Allen said. “It’s Paulding 57.28. High Jump: 1. Tiffany Geise Boys 4x100 Meter Relay: 1. (S) 5-3; 2. Hockenberry (W) 5-0; just an opportunity to come out shining.” Boston tied the game at 80 on a pair of free throws by Pierce with 7:10 left. The Celtics missed their next six shots and Miami pulled away, taking command of both the game and the series. “We finally wore them down,” James said. Jeff Green scored 11 and Delonte West added 10 for the Celtics. Even for a franchise with such fabled history as the Celtics, an 0-2 deficit represents a colossal challenge. This is now the ninth time Boston has dropped the first two games in a best-of-7 series. In the previous eight, the Celtics prevailed only against the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1969 NBA finals. And it’s something this group of Celtics has never faced before, either. The last time Boston lost the first two games of a playoff matchup was in 2004, when it was swept by Indiana. The current core of Celtics had lost Game 1s four other times before this series, then bounced back to win Game 2 each time, against Chicago and Orlando in 2009, then Cleveland and the Lakers in 2010. “Nothing we can do about it,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. “We’ve got a third game and we’ve got to take care of that. Whatever the past is, it is. They’ve won two games at home. But we can’t allow them to play like this, or it’s going to be tough at our place.” To win this series, Boston will need to prevail four times in a 5-game span — which it did in the first round against Miami last year, then again in the second round at the expense of James and the Cavaliers in the East semis. So it can be done but neither James (7-0) nor Wade (5-0) has ever been part of a playoff series defeat after their clubs won the first two games. James scored 12 points in the third quarter, one more than he managed in the first half, to help Miami take a 72-67 cushion into the final 12 minutes. James then added the first basket of the fourth but Boston answered with a 13-6 run over the next 4 minutes to knot the game at 80. The outcome was undecided — momentarily. That’s when Miami’s big run began, including a 3-point play where James dunked and got fouled after Joel Anthony kept an offensive rebound alive. Mario Chalmers started it all with a 3-pointer — his only points of the night — off a pass from Wade, and Miami was on its way. “Now the mental discipline begins,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “This thing is just getting started.”
NOTES: Shaquille O’Neal (calf) was out again for Boston, while the Heat said Udonis Haslem (foot) still “isn’t ready” to return from November foot surgery. ... Pierce played 33 minutes, giving him 4,259 in his Celtics playoff career, passing Dennis Johnson (4,258) for seventh in franchise history. ... Heat guard Mike Bibby’s steal with 41 seconds left in the first quarter was his 100th in 87 playoff games. Thunder 111, Grizzlies 102 OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Durant scored 26 points, James Harden led an outburst by Oklahoma City’s bench with 21, and the Thunder evened their series with Memphis at one game apiece. After scoring just 16 points in a Game 1 loss, the Thunder’s bench tripled that amount and put Oklahoma City firmly in control with an 18-6 run to start the fourth quarter. Russell Westbrook scored 24 and his backup, Eric Maynor, added 15 for the Thunder. Mike Conley scored 24 for Memphis, which cut a 21-point, fourth-quarter deficit to six in the final minutes. Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol combined to make just five of 22 shots for 28 points — just over half their total from the opener.
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Jefferson (Zavier Buzard, Nick Gallmeier, Logan Bonifas, Mitchell Antalis) 45.81. Girls 400 Meter Dash: 1. Bridget Culp (D) 1:03.96; 2. Brooke Teman (D) 1:07.20; 3. Rebekah Geise (D) 1:11.18. Boys 400 Meter Dash: 1. Trenton Gossman (D) 55.55; 2. Salinas (P) 56.96; 3. Jacob Leach (D) 58.78. Girls 300 Meter Hurdles: 1. Chelsey Bishop (D) 53.24; 2. Kesler (P) 58.24; 3. Singer (P) 1:01.00. Boys 300 Meter Hurdles: 1. Cody Biglow (D) 43.38; 2. Wolfle (P) 43.65; 3. K. Hernandez (P) 50.00. Girls 800 Meter Run: 1. Edwards (P) 2:48.28; 2. Korey Boggs (D) 2:54.28; 3. Nardone (P) 2:54.37. Boys 800 Meter Run: 1. Nate Staples (D) 2:12.59; 2. Burnett (P) 2:13.00; 3. Jones (P) 2:18.44. Girls 200 Meter Dash: 1. Bridget Culp (D) 27.65; 2. Rileigh Stockwell (D) 29.09; 3. Breanna Strayer (D) 29.14. Boys 200 Meter Dash: 1. Pier (P) 23.91; 2. Nick Gallmeier (D) 24.38; 3. Billy Tracy (D) 24.52. Girls 3,200 Meter Run: 1. Johanns (P) 16:10.00; 2. McCullough (P) 16:14.00. Boys 3,200 Meter Run: 1. Layman (P) 11:52.00; 2. Dunakin (P) 12:05.00; 3. Trenton Gossman (D) 12:40.00. Girls 4x400 Meter Relay: 1. Paulding 5:27.00. Boys 4x400 Meter Relay: 1. Paulding 3:44.00. Girls High Jump: 1. Shuherk (P) 4-4. Boys High Jump: 1. (tie) Joey Lindeman (DJ) and K. Hernandez (P) 5-4; 3. (tie) Logan Bonifas (DJ) and Salinas (P) 5-2. Girls Pole Vault: 1. Salinas (P) 8-6; 2. (tie) Rileigh Stockwell (D) and Korey Boggs (D) 8-0. Boys Pole Vault: 1. Sowder (P) 11-6; 2. Joey Lindeman (D) 11-0; 3. Carnahan (P) 10-6. Girls Long Jump: 1. (tie) Breanna Strayer (DJ), Edwards (P) and McCullough (P) 13-0. Boys Long Jump: 1. Cody Biglow (D) 18-5; 2. Carnahan (P) 18-0; 3. Wolfle (P) 17-1. Girls Discus: 1. K. Edwards (P) 100-10; 2. Kohart (P) 88-8; 3. Shelbi Brown (D) 83-10. Boys Discus: 1. Cory Osting (D) 130-10; 2. Coak (P) 122-5; 3. Schlosser (P) 107-2. Girls Shot Put: 1. K. Edwards (P) 34-2; 2. Shelbi Brown (D) 31-11; 3. Kohart (P) 30-1. Boys Shot Put: 1. Cory Osting (D) 42-6.50; 2. Quentin Wessell (D) 42-5; 3. Schlosser (P) 35-6. ----Crestview Tri-Meet with St. John’s and Wayne Trace Points 5-3-2-1 (except relays: 5-3) Girls Team Scores: St. John’s 65.50, Wayne Trace 55.50, Crestview 54. 100 Meter Dash: 1. Hockenberry (W) 13.40; 2. Samantha Bonifas (S) 13.60; 3. Madison Burgei (S) 13.70; 4. Grace Callow (C) 13.75. 400 Meter Dash: 1. Layne Callow (C) 1:02.70; 2. Ami Callow (C) 1:03.40; 3. Wenninger (W) 1:05.40; 4. Krontz (W) 1:08.00. 200 Meter Run: 1. Grace Callow (C) 29.20; 2. Wenninger (W) 29.30; 3. Sidney Schnaffner (C) 30.20; 4. Kallie Gamble (C) 31.10. 800 Meter Run: 1. Courtney Perrott (C) 2:32.30; 2. Emma Boggs (S) 2:37.70; 3. Megan Joseph (S) 2:48.10; 4. Shepard (W) 2:54.60. 1,600 Meter Run: 1. Courtney Perrott (C) 5:55.50; 2. Megan Joseph (S) 6:01.20; 3. Janelle May (C) 6:12.10; 4. Poling (W) 6:17.90.
3. Alyssa Faurot (S) 4-10; 4. Wannemacher (W) 4-8. Pole Vault: 1. Alicia Ankerman (S) 9-0; 2. Courtney Grothouse (S) 7-3; 3. Kaylie Youngpeter (S) 7-2; 4. Alicia Buettner (S) 7-1. Long Jump: 1. Emilie Fischbach (S) 13-8.75; 2. Zartman (W) 13-0; 3. Kellie Gamble (C) 12-9.75; 4. Madison Kreeger (S) 12-7.75. Shot Put: 1. Noggle (E) 31-8; 2. Long (W) 31-1.50; 3. Paige Lucas (S) 27-10; 4. (tie) Gwen Neumeier (S) and Klinker (W) 26-10.50. Discus: 1. Tiffany Recker (S) 98-10.50; 2. Noggle (W) 97-9.50; 3. Long (W) 92-4.50; 4. Gibson (W) 87-11. Boys Team Rankings: Crestview 91, St. John’s 61, Wayne Trace 17. 100 Meter Dash: 1. Logan Rayer (C) 11.70; 2. Nick Cunningham (C) 11.74; 3. Luke McLennan (S) 11.80; 4. Robbie Rudda (S) 11.90. 400 Meter Dash: 1. Collin Thompson (C) 53.90; 2. Mark Boggs (S) 54.40; 3. Scott Klausing (S) 55.40; 4. Dylan Dancer (S) 56.10. 200 Meter Run: 1. Evan Burgei (S) 22.90; 2. Tyler Jettinghoff (S) 23.50; 3. Logan Rayer (C) 23.60; 4. Avery Jones (C) 24.70. 800 Meter Run: 1. Diego Palacios (C) 2:13.30; 2. Jared Knebel (S) 2:16.30; 3. Micah Brant (C) 2:21.00; 4. Shelby Ripley (C) 2:21.80. 1,600 Meter Run:1. Joel Genter (C) 4:42.40; 2. Garret Gleckler (C) 4:51.60; 3. Shelby Ripley (C) 5:08.60; 4. Micah Brant (C) 5:09.80. 3,200 Meter Run: 1. Garret Gleckler (C) 10:26.70; 2. Joel Genter (C) 11:31.00; 3. Taylor (W) 12:02.00; 4. Aaron Hellman (S) 12:21.20. 110 Meter Hurdles: 1. Joe Haggard (S) 15.80; 2. Zach Merkle (C) 17.20; 3. Welch-McClain (W) 19.40; 4. Kuhn (W) 19.50. 300 Meter Hurdles: 1. Joe Haggard (S) 40.70; 2. AJ Klausing (S) 41.40; 3. Zach Merkle (C) 43.00; Goings (W) 45.10. 4x100 Meter Relay: 1. Crestview (Tyler Torrey, Shawn Clouatre, Nick Cunningham, Logan Rayer) 45.70; 2. St. John’s (Robbie Rudda, Will Buettner, Cody Looser, Ben Youngpeter) 46.80. 4x200 Meter Relay: 1. St. John’s (Chris Will, Tyler Jettinghoff, AJ Klausing, Evan Burgei) 1:32.20; 2. Crestview (Collin Thompson, Shawn Clouatre, Nick Cunningham, Logan Rayer) 1:34.90. 4x400 Meter Relay: 1. St. John’s ‘A’ (Mark Boggs, Jake Hays, Scott Klausing, Dylan Dancer) 3:39.80; 2. St. John’s ‘B’ (AJ Klausing, Chris Will, Joe Haggard, David Lindeman) 3:46.10 4x800 Meter Relay: 1. Crestview (Garret Gleckler, Shelby Ripley, Diego Palacios, Joel Genter) 8:53.90; 2. St. John’s (Jared Knebel, Isaac Altenburger, Cole Fischbach, Jason Michel) 9:17.80. High Jump: 1. Rob Cook (C) 5-6; 2. Olwin (W) 5-2. Pole Vault: 1. Shawn Clouatre (C) 12-6; 2. Chris Will (S) 11-0; 3. Church (W) 10-6; 4. Isaac Altenburger (S) 10-0. Long Jump: 1. Rob Cook (C) 19-1.50; 2. Tyler Torrey (S) 17-7.75; 3. Ben Youngpeter (S) 17-4.75; 4. Arnett (W) 17-2.25. Shot Put: 1. Chase Walters (C) 45-8.50; 2. Spencer Ginter (S) 43-9.50; 3. Kortokrax (W) 42-6; 4. Drew Strawser (C) 40-0. Discus: 1. Chase Walters (C) 117-4.50; 2. Kortokrax (W) 1108.50; 3. Alex Schnipke (S) 109-7; 4. Tristan Branch (C) 108-2.
AP source: Griffin to be named NBA’s top rookie LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin will be named the NBA’s Rookie of the Year today, a person familiar with the news told The Associated Press. The person spoke Tuesday night on condition of anonymity because the formal announcement hadn’t been made. The Clippers announced a news conference at their training complex for the presentation of a major NBA award and Rookie of the Year is the only award left. Griffin’s victory is absolutely no surprise after his spectacular season. The No. 1 draft pick out of Oklahoma in 2009 easily led all rookies in scoring and rebounding after missing all of last year with a broken kneecap. Griffin averaged 22.5 points, 12.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists while playing in all 82 games and earning a reputation as one of the NBA’s most fearsome dunkers, with his alley-oop slams and one-handed jams making highlight reels nightly. The 6-10 power forward made the West All-Star team, becoming the first rookie All-Star in eight years, and even won the dunk contest in front of his Staples Center fans with an iconic dunk while flying over a car. Griffin was named the Western Conference’s Rookie of the Month six times, becoming the first player to sweep that award since Chris Paul did it with New Orleans in 2005-06. Griffin had 63 double-doubles while single-handedly energizing the Clippers, who still missed the playoffs for the 13th time in 14 seasons. Los Angeles went 32-50 in its 18th non-winning season in the past 19 years but Griffin’s nightly acrobatics and toughness always made the Clippers interesting. Griffin was the NBA’s fourthleading rebounder and the 12thleading scorer — the only rookie among the league’s top 45 scorers and top 20 rebounders. Washington’s John Wall, the No. 1 pick last summer, was Griffin’s only significant competition for the award but Griffin could win the award unanimously. Sacramento’s Tyreke Evans won the award last season. Griffin will be the first Clippers player to win the award since the star-crossed franchise moved to Los Angeles in 1984. Terry Cummings won it with the San Diego Clippers after the 1982-83 season, while Adrian Dantley, Bob McAdoo and Ernie DiGregorio won the award during a 5-year stretch with the Buffalo Braves, who moved to San Diego in 1978.
This is an item that I picked up recently. I remember Dave Duerson when he played for the Chicago Bears. He was a hard-hitting safety in a long line that they had — remember Doug Plank (whose number was the impetus behind the famed “46” defense of the Bears under Buddy Ryan) and Gary Fencik? I don’t remember him committing suicide Feb. 17. I did a little research and found out that his behavior before this final act — a permanent “solution” to a temporary problem, as suicide has been described — was extremely troubling. According to those around him, including his ex-wife, he “knew” something was wrong with his brain and even had asked her to get his brain to the NFL. So much so that even in his final act of desperation, in his suicide note, he apparently shot himself in the chest so as to not damage his brain and asked that it be given to the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University’s School of Medicine and its Brain Bank. What do you make if this? If this weren’t so serious, it might be “funny”. A man commits suicide but is so “thoughtful” that he doesn’t shoot himself in the head for research purposes? Did he not think of what it would do to his family and those around him? I guess we are learning more and more about mental illness, however it is brought about, and how someone can be “rational” enough to realize that something is so wrong that he/she will take their life and yet care enough to try to figure out what went wrong. Who really knows what goes on in the mind of anyone contemplating this act. We will likely never really know,
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Martz throws gem at Celina ELIDA — Elida’s Dalton Martz threw a 4-hit shutout Tuesday night, leading host Elida to a 2-0 Western Buckeye League baseball victory over Celina at Ed Sandy Memorial Field. Martz outdueled Celina’s Siefker, who gave up six hits. Mackenzie Hampshire and David Diller each went 2-for3 for the host Bulldogs (8-11, 3-5 WBL), with Hampshire and Ian Haidle getting runs batted in. Celina falls to 10-8, 3-4 WBL.
Celina 000 000 0-041 Elida 001 001 x-260 WP: Dalton Martz; LP: Siefker. ---
Elida is scheduled to play St. Marys at noon Saturday in the Division II sectional at Sandy Field.
regardless of a suicide note being left, about what finally “clicked” in their mind to go through with it. My own personal view here: I think someone is, in a sense, “challenging” God for whatever situation they are going through, as if to ask “do I have to pull the trigger to get Your attention?” The problem is, how many do it because they seem to have no one around that cares, that understands? Or else they don’t believe that anyone cares? Again, this is a mystery that may never really be solved, at least in our lifetimes, but let’s hope that it will be. Perhaps we won’t be reading about these tragedies in the future. By the way, according to the findings of the center on Duerson’s brain, he had “moderately-advanced” brain damage related to blows to the head. This issue will not — nor should not — go away. The NFL needs to seriously study what it can do, even if it is only after the fact because the nature of the game means there will be collisions, there will be head trauma and their will be brain damage at some point, especially if you play a long time. In the process, I read about the once-beloved Refrigerator, William Perry. It’s amazing how quickly our athletes do fade out of the spotlight, how we think that it’s all peaches and cream after their lucrative playing careers.
In a sense, he was a larger-than-life player — average at best — who took advantage of a nickname and a Super Bowl moment to become that character. However, how many knew behind the facade, he was already headed for trouble even while he was still playing? I admit I didn’t. We knew about the problems he had with weight — I, for one, can sympathize with that — and that his lack of real work ethic kept him from fully living up this vast potential for Da Bears. That I do remember. I know Buddy Ryan was no fan of The Fridge. What we didn’t know was his growing problem with alcohol abuse that started during his college days at Clemson. He was only 295 then — I still remember the game he had against Nebraska’s Dave Rimington, the 1981 Outland Trophy winner, in the Orange Bowl that gave the Tigers the national title — and that he could 360 a basketball at that weight. He has gone through quite a postNFL career and now, at the age of 48, his body is crumbling, as did his first marriage. At one time, the now 400-pounder was down to 190 as a result of Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a disorder triggered when a person’s immune system attacks his peripheral nervous system. He very nearly died. Unfortunately, that story is becoming an all-too-common legacy among our gridiron heroes. Perhaps that is something that will come out of this protracted NFL/explayers union fiasco; more real concern for the players that have gone before and made The Game what it is today.
Celina dominates Lady ’Dawgs ELIDA — Celina was the “home” team Tuesday afternoon as they took on Elida in a Western Buckeye League softball clash at Dorothy Edwards Field. Even though they were on the road, they were very much at home as they destroyed Elida 16-0. Kerr threw a 5-inning no-
hitter and she had plenty of offense behind her, including helping herself at the plate with two round-trippers and a double among her four hits (4 runs batted in). Rose and Hoying had three hits each (a double apiece) with an RBI. Zocharius (4 RBIs) had two hits, including a bomb and a 2-bagger, as did Thobe (2 RBIs), Bader (1 RBI) and Heiby. Williams added a pair of RBIs ad Celina improved to 10-5. Elida hosts Parkway 5 p.m. Friday.
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---Rochester College thumps Barons Rochester College dropped Ohio State University-Lima/ Rhodes State College to 13-13 courtesy of a 10-4 victory Tuesday night. RC improves to 19-15.
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WP: Kerr; LP: Lindsay Peters (3-6). 2B: Zochariuas (C), Kerr (C), Rose (C), Hoying (C). HR: Kerr 2 (C), Zocharias.
WP: Steve Bedsole(4-3); LP: Dustyn Craig(1-2). 2B: Cory Echols(O), Michael Allen(O), Aaron Distleroth(R), Eric Ramirez(R). HR: Justin Crossley
The Associated Press CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS (Best-of-7) Tuesday’s Results Miami 102, Boston 91, Miami leads series 2-0 Oklahoma City 111, Memphis 102, series tied 1-1
Today’s Games Atlanta at Chicago, 8 p.m., Atlanta leads series 1-0 Dallas at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m., Dallas leads series 1-0 Friday’s Games Chicago at Atlanta, 7 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Dallas, 9:30 p.m.
Twins’ Liriano throws nohitter against White Sox
that,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “We’ve said that Liriano has electric stuff, CHICAGO — In his no-hitter stuff. And he did it decade-long professional tonight.” Liriano made hiscareer, Francisco tory more than four Liriano had never years after he underthrown a shutout went Tommy John or even a complete surgery, hoping to game. Not at any recover from an elbow level, not in any injury that threatened league. to take away his eyeSo much for those popping repertoire old stats. Now, he’s and end his career. Mr. No-Hitter. It’s been a long climb The strugback — last season, gling Minnesota he was picked as the lefty pitched the Liriano AL comeback player first no-hitter in the of the year. majors this season, hanging This year, the Twins have on Tuesday night for a most unlikely gem and a 1-0 win told Liriano to forget the strikeouts, try to pitch to conover Chicago White Sox. “It’s an opportunity for tact, let the defense do the him that he will remember for work. With two outs in the sevthe rest of his life,” said former Twins ace Bert Blyleven, enth, third baseman Danny who’s headed to the Hall of Valencia went behind the bag and into foul territory to grab Fame. Liriano (2-4) began the Carlos Quentin’s hard hopper game with a 9.13 ERA and and then made a strong throw had been getting tagged so to first. And on Liriano’s final much that there was speculation he’d lose his spot in the pitch, Dunn hit a liner that appeared headed to left field. Twins’ rotation. Liriano dodged six walks But Tolbert moved to his right, and struck out only two. Of made the catch, spun around his 123 pitches, just 66 were and raised the ball in triumph with his bare hand. strikes. Tolbert sprinted to the “To be honest I was running out of gas,” he said. “I mound, where the pitcher just thank my teammates that was being mobbed by teamthey made some great plays mates, to personally deliver the prize. behind me tonight.” A season after the Year The final out came on perhaps Chicago’s hardest-hit ball of the Pitcher featured six of the evening, with shortstop no-hitters, there had been a Matt Tolbert taking two quick few close calls in the opensteps to snare Adam Dunn’s ing months. Liriano, making his 205th career start in the line drive. “When I go out there, I try majors and minors, finished to think positive,” the 27-year- off his bid. Liriano survived a rocky old Liriano said. “I don’t want to think about, ‘They’re going ninth inning that began when Brent Morel grounded to to put me in the bullpen’.” After lasting just three shortstop, with Tolbert makinnings in his previous start ing a one-hop throw that first against Tampa Bay, Liriano baseman Justin Morneau neatexcelled on a cold night at ly scooped. Juan Pierre walked U.S. Cellular Field. The Twins and Alexei Ramirez popped to ended a 6-game losing streak shortstop. Liriano fell behind Dunn in a matchup of shaky teams. Liriano mixed fastballs, 3-0 in the count, then got a sliders and soft stuff, kept the pair of strikes. After a foul White Sox off-balance and ball, Dunn followed with his showed the talent that he’s liner. Dunn dropped to 0-for-16 always possessed. “He was using all of his against left-handers this seapitches. It was such a nice son. Liriano was backed by thing to see him smile like Jason Kubel’s fourth-inning homer. He won in a game that Lenhart (SV) 4:53.90; 2. Keith took just 2 hours, 9 minutes. Lenhart (SV) 4:53.90; 3. Ben Bilimek Liriano, 3-0 against the (LV) 4:59.00. Girls 4x100 Meter Relay: 1. White Sox last season, walked Lincolnview (Casey Patterson, Pierre leading off the first and Taylor Miller, Haley McAbee, Tori Quentin with one out in the Abdul) 53.60. second but both were erased Boys 4x100 Meter Relay: 1.
Spencerville (John Smith, Austin Lotz, Niko Molina-Sullivan, Aaron Hefner) 46.60. Girls 400 Meter Dash: 1. Kelli Ley (SV) 59.20. Boys 400 Meter Dash: 1. Derek Goecke (SV) 55.80; 2. Jack Frank (LV) 57.50; 3. Lucas Perkins (SV) 58.20. Girls 300 Meter Hurdles: 1. Jenna Kahle (SV) 52.60; 2. Ashley King (SV) 58.00; 3. Ashley Keiber (SV) 58.30. Boys 300 Meter Hurdles: 1. Mac King (LV) 44.80; 2. Anthony Schuh (SV) 46.80; 3. Doug Hicks (LV) 47.90. Girls 800 Meter Run: 1. Alexa Brown (SV) 2:38.80; 2. Caitlin Wurst (SV) 2:46.10; 3. Sabrina Barnhart (LV) 2:50.10. Boys 800 Meter Run: 1. Kevin Lenhart (SV) 2:20.10; 2. Ben Bilimek (LV) 2:22.00; 3. Lucas Myers (LV) 2:24.20. Girls 200 Meter Dash: 1. Kelli Ley (SV) 27.30; 2. Tori Abdul (LV) 28.20; 3. Shanna German (SV) 29.40. Boys 200 Meter Dash: 1. Nick Davisson (SV) 24.50; 2. Niko MolinaSullivan (SV) 24.70; 3. Derek Goecke (SV) 25.10. Girls 3,200 Meter Run: 1. Claire McConnell (SV) 12:28.10; 2. Tori Hardesty (SV) 13:03.90; 3. Sabrina Barnhart (LV) 14:44.00. Boys 3,200 Meter Run: 1. Kevin Lenhart (SV) 11:05.80; 2. Jeff Jacomet (LV) 11:17.30; 3. Joe Wisher (SV) 11:43.90. Girls 4x400 Meter Relay: 1. Spencerville (Morgan Pugh, Jenna Kahle, Alexa Brown, Kelli Ley) 4:26.60. Boys 4x400 Meter Relay: 1. Spencerville (John Smith, Aaron Hefner, Derek Goecke, Nick Davisson) 3:40.80. Girls Shot Put: 1. Deneah Durst (LV) 35-0.50; 2. Abby Freewalt (SV) 32-2; 3. Audrey Bowen (LV) 31-7. Boys Shot Put: 1. Wes Collins (LV) 42-1; 2. Zach Gay (SV) 41-0.50; 3. Jamie Kill (SV) 36-3. Girls Discus: 1. Mackenzie Miller (SV) 96-7; 2. Devan Hanjora (SV) 95-10; 3. Elizabeth Griffin (SV) 88-9. Boys Discus: 1. Lucas Shumate (SV) 124-9; 2. Zach Gay (SV) 11511; 3. Wes Collins (LV) 112-5. Girls Long Jump: 1. Crystal Protsman (LV) 13-8.50; 2. Shanna German (SV) 13-4.50; 3. Morgan Pugh (SV) 12-10.50. Boys Long Jump: 1. Austin Treesh (LV) 18-8.50; 2. Levi Brake (LV) 16-11.50; 3. Niko MolinaSullivan (SV) 16-9.50. Girls High Jump: 1. Jennifer Post (SV) 4-4; 2. Calista Dowdy (LV) 4-2; 3. Caitlin Wurst (SV) 4-2. Boys High Jump: 1. Brandon Meyer (SV) 5-6; 2. Tyler Kraner (LV) 5-4; 3. Lucas Myers (LV) 5-4. Girls Pole Vault: 1. Jackie Bowsher (SV) 8-0; 2. Patricia Riley (SV) 7-6; 3. Calista Dowdy (LV) 6-0. Boys Pole Vault: 1. Mac King (LV) 11-0; 2. Kevin Markward (LV) 10-0; 3. (tie) Tyler Shumate (SV), James Steele (LV) and Cole Roberts (SV) 9-0.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
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The Associated Press CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS (Best-of-7) Tuesday’s Results Tampa Bay 4, Washington 3, Tampa Bay leads series 3-0 Vancouver 3, Nashville 2, OT, Vancouver leads series 2-1 Today’s Games
By RICK GANO The Associated Press
Washington at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m. Philadelphia at Boston, 7 p.m., Boston leads series 2-0 San Jose at Detroit, 8 p.m., San Jose leads series 2-0 Thursday’s Game Vancouver at Nashville, 8:30 p.m.
The Associated Press National League East Division W L Pct GB Philadelphia 19 9 .679 — Florida 18 10 .643 1 Atlanta 15 15 .500 5 Washington 14 15 .483 5 1/2 New York 12 17 .414 7 1/2 Central Division W L Pct GB St. Louis 17 13 .567 — Cincinnati 14 15 .483 2 1/2 Pittsburgh 14 16 .467 3 Milwaukee 13 15 .464 3 Chicago 13 16 .448 3 1/2 Houston 12 17 .414 4 1/2 West Division W L Pct GB Colorado 17 10 .630 — Los Angeles 15 16 .484 4 San Francisco 14 15 .483 4 Arizona 13 15 .464 4 1/2 San Diego 12 18 .400 6 1/2 ——— Tuesday’s Results Philadelphia 4, Washington 1 Houston 10, Cincinnati 4 San Francisco 7, N.Y. Mets 6, 10 innings Milwaukee at Atlanta, ppd., rain St. Louis 7, Florida 5 Arizona 4, Colorado 3 San Diego 6, Pittsburgh 5 Chicago Cubs 4, L.A. Dodgers 1 Today’s Games Houston (An.Rodriguez 0-0) at Cincinnati (T.Wood 1-3), 12:35 p.m. Chicago Cubs (Zambrano 3-1) at L.A. Dodgers (Lilly 2-2), 3:10 p.m. Milwaukee (Estrada 1-0) at Atlanta (Hanson 3-3), 4:10 p.m., 1st game Pittsburgh (Correia 4-2) at San Diego (Richard 1-2), 6:35 p.m. Washington (Marquis 3-0) at Philadelphia (Worley 1-0), 7:05 p.m. San Francisco (Lincecum 2-3) at N.Y. Mets (Capuano 2-2), 7:10 p.m. Milwaukee (Greinke 0-0) at Atlanta (T.Hudson 3-2), 7:40 p.m., 2nd game Florida (Vazquez 2-2) at St. Louis (Carpenter 0-2), 8:15 p.m. Colorado (Chacin 3-2) at Arizona (Enright 1-2), 9:40 p.m. Thursday’s Games Houston (Myers 1-1) at Cincinnati (Bailey 0-0), 12:35 p.m. San Francisco (J.Sanchez 2-1) at N.Y. Mets (Pelfrey 1-3), 1:10 p.m. Florida (Jo.Johnson 3-0) at St. Louis (Westbrook 2-2), 1:40 p.m. Washington (Lannan 2-3) at Philadelphia (Halladay 4-1), 7:05 p.m. Milwaukee (Marcum 3-1) at Atlanta
(Beachy 1-1), 7:10 p.m. Colorado (Hammel 3-1) at Arizona (I.Kennedy 3-1), 9:40 p.m. ---American League East Division W L Pct GB New York 17 10 .630 — Tampa Bay 16 13 .552 2 Boston 14 15 .483 4 Baltimore 13 15 .464 4 1/2 Toronto 13 16 .448 5 Central Division W L Pct GB Cleveland 20 8 .714 — Kansas City 16 13 .552 4 1/2 Detroit 13 17 .433 8 Minnesota 10 18 .357 10 Chicago 11 20 .355 10 1/2 West Division W L Pct GB Los Angeles 16 14 .533 — Texas 16 14 .533 — Oakland 15 15 .500 1 Seattle 14 16 .467 2 ——— Tuesday’s Results Tampa Bay 3, Toronto 2 Detroit 4, N.Y. Yankees 2 Boston 7, L.A. Angels 3 Kansas City 6, Baltimore 5, 10 innings Minnesota 1, Chicago White Sox 0 Cleveland 4, Oakland 1 Seattle 4, Texas 3 Today’s Games Minnesota (Blackburn 1-4) at Chicago White Sox (Danks 0-4), 2:10 p.m. Toronto (Morrow 0-1) at Tampa Bay (Niemann 1-3), 6:40 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (F.Garcia 1-1) at Detroit (Scherzer 4-0), 7:05 p.m. L.A. Angels (E.Santana 1-3) at Boston (Beckett 2-1), 7:10 p.m. Baltimore (Arrieta 3-1) at Kansas City (Davies 1-3), 8:10 p.m. Cleveland (Tomlin 4-0) at Oakland (Cahill 4-0), 10:05 p.m. Texas (C.Wilson 3-1) at Seattle (Pineda 4-1), 10:10 p.m. Thursday’s Games N.Y. Yankees (A.J.Burnett 4-1) at Detroit (Porcello 1-2), 1:05 p.m. Toronto (R.Romero 2-3) at Tampa Bay (Price 3-3), 1:10 p.m. L.A. Angels (Pineiro 0-0) at Boston (Lackey 2-3), 1:35 p.m. Baltimore (Tillman 1-2) at Kansas City (Chen 3-1), 2:10 p.m. Cleveland (J.Gomez 0-1) at Oakland (Anderson 2-2), 3:35 p.m. Texas (Lewis 2-3) at Seattle (Vargas 1-2), 10:10 p.m.
on double plays. Chicago put two on in the fourth and centerfielder Denard Span raced into left-center to grab Quentin’s long drive. Minnesota turned its third double play in the eighth, when Morneau took an offline throw from second baseman Alexi Casilla and umpire Paul Emmel called Gordon Beckham out — replays appeared to show Morneau missed the tag. Edwin Jackson (2-4) lost his fourth straight start despite allowing six hits in eight innings. Then with Arizona, Jackson no-hit Tampa Bay last June 26 despite walking eight. It was the seventh no-hitter for the Twins-Washington Senators franchise and the first since Eric Milton’s against the Angels on Sept. 11, 1999. It was the first nohitter in the major leagues since Philadelphia’s Roy Halladay’s against Cincinnati in last year’s NL playoffs.
(Continued from Page 6) Van Wert dual meet with Ottoville Girls Scores: Ottoville 74, Van Wert 62. Boys Scores: Van Wert 90, Ottoville 47 . Points 5-3-1 (except relays: 5) Girls 4x800 Meter Relay: 1. Ottoville (Natasha Kaufman, Kari Beining, Tonya Kaufman, Shayla Siefker) 10:31.60. Boys 4x800 Meter Relay: 1. Ottoville (Travis Eickholt, Jason Turnwald, Seth Bendele, Ryan Honigford) 8:57.30. Girls 100 Meter Hurdles: 1. Ashley Mohr (V) 17.00; 2. Alyssa Delong (O) 17.10; 3. Taylor Mangas (O) 17.70. Boys 110 Meter Hurdles:1. Tyson Crone (V) 17.50; 2. Jack Moonshower (V) 18.50; 3. Anthony Eickholt (O) 18.70. Girls 100 Meter Dash: 1. Amanda Clay (V) 13.10; 2. Rachel Scheidt (V) 13.30; 3. Lauren Koch (OV) 14.0. Boys 100 Meter Dash: 1. Reggie Phillips (V) 11.60; 2. Matt Burgei (O) 11.80; 3. Kavon Pierce (V) 11.90. Girls 4x200 Meter Relay: 1. Van Wert (Amanda Clay, Ashley Mohr, Sydney Riethman, Rachel Scheidt) 1:52.50. Boys 4x200 Meter Relay: 1. Van Wert (Chadd Phillips, Tyson Crone, Seth Kopp, Reggie Phillips) 1:39.80. Girls 1,600 Meter Run: 1. Shayla Siefker (O) 5:36.70; 2. Jacey Eikenberry (V) 5:57.50; 3. Brianna Rodriguez (O) 6:06.70. Boys 1,600 Meter Run: 1. Luke Brubaker (V) 5:00.40; 2. Jon Schalois (V) 5:03.20; 3. Nathan Stevens (V) 5:10.40. Girls 4x100 Meter Relay: 1. Ottoville (Tonya Kaufman, April Horstmn, Lauren Koch, Taylor Mangas) 55.50. Boys 4x100 Meter Relay: 1. Van Wert (Seth Kopp, Chadd Phillips, Tyson Crone, Reggie Phillips) 48.10. Girls 400 Meter Dash: 1. Shayla Siefker (O) 1:03.80; 2. Abby Seifker (O) 1:07.00; 3. Courtney Smith (V) 1:08.60. Boys 400 Meter Dash: 1. Reggie Phillips (V) 55.20; 2. Cody Rolston (V) 55.80; 3. Daniel Silette (V) 1:01.00. Girls 300 Meter Hurdles: 1. Ashley Mohr (V) 49.70; 2. Natasha Kaufman (O) 51.10; 3. Taylor Mangas (O) 51.40. Boys 300 Meter Hurdles: 1. Tyson Crone (V) 43.00; 2. Jack Moonshower (V) 47.10; 3. Joe Moonshower (V) 47.60. Girls 800 Meter Run: 1. Kari Beining (O) 2:50.20; 2. Abby Siefker (O) 2:51.10; 3. Kelsey Wagner (V) 2:54.70. Boys 800 Meter Run: 1. Travis Eickholt (O) 2:13.40; 2. Nathan Wilhelm (V) 2:14.10; 3. Austin Fleming (V) 2:18.50. Girls 200 Meter Dash: 1. Amanda Clay (V) 27.30; 2. Sydney Riethman (V) 27.90; 3. Tonya Kaufman (O) 29.70. Boys 200 Meter Dash: 1. Seth Kopp (V) 24.40; 2. Andy Foster (O) 25.70; 3. Matt Burgei (O) 25.90. Girls 3,200 Meter Run: 1. Brianna Rodriguez (O) 13:22.20; 2. Erin Dingle (V) 14:18.30; 3. Leah Brubaker (V) 14:57.60. Boys 3,200 Meter Run: 1. Luke Brubaker (V) 11:33.00; 2. Ryan
Honigford (O) 11:45.70; 3. Jason Turnwald (O) 11:50.50. Girls 4x400 Meter Relay: 1. Van Wert (Jacey Eikenberry, Ashley Mohr, Sydney Riethman, Amanda Clay) 4:17.50. Boys 4x400 Meter Relay: 1. Van Wert (Seth Kopp, Cody Rolston, Nathan Wilhelm, Taylor Robenault) 3:44.20. Girls High Jump: 1. Tonya Kaufman (O) 5-0; 2. Natasha Kaufman (O) 4-10; 3. Claire Butler (V) 4-6. Boys High Jump: 1. (tie) Travis Eickholt (OV) and Jacob Myers (V) 6-2; 3. Greg Rue (O) 5-10. Girls Pole Vault: 1. Erika Smith (V) 6-6; 2. Leah Brubaker (V) 6-0. Boys Pole Vault: 1. Anthony Eickholt (O) 11-6; 2. Dylan Klima (O) 11-0; 3. Logan Kortokrax (O) 9-0. Girls Long Jump: 1. Sydney Riethman (V) 17-3; 2. Rachel Scheidt (V) 14-11.75; 3. Lauren Koch (O) 14-10.50. Boys Long Jump: 1. Jacob Myers (V) 18-9.50; 2. Zack Keirns (V) 18-5.25; 3. Nathan Wilhelm (V) 16-11.50. Girls Discus: 1. Tammy Wannemacher (O) 111-0; 2. Lauren Kramer (O) 97-6; 3. Gayle Raymond (O) 96-4. Boys Discus: 1. Greg Rue (O) 134-2; 2. Cody Rolston (V) 124-5; 3. Zack Keirns (V) 116-11. Girls Shot Put: 1. Tammy Wannemacher (O) 37-5.50#; 2. Lauren Kramer (O) 36-1.50#; 3. Rachel Beining (O) 30-2.50. Boys Shot Put: 1. Greg Rue (O) 46-0; 2. Zack Keirns (V) 44-11; 3. Kevin Schnipke (O) 37-3. # - New stadium record ------Spencerville Track and Fieldmeet with Lincolnview Girls Team Scores: Spencerville 92, Lincolnview 41. Boys Team Scores: Spencerville 84.16, Lincolnview 52.83. Points 5-3-1 (except relays: 5) Girls 4x800 Meter Relay: 1. Spencerville (Alexa Brown, Caitlin Wurst, Claire McConnell, Karri Purdy) 10:58.30. Boys 4x800 Meter Relay: 1. Spencerville (Keith Lenhart, Kevin Lenhart, Joe Wisher, Lucas Perkins) 9:45.70. Girls 100 Meter Hurdles: 1. Kaylee Thatcher (LV) 17.20; 2. Jenna Kahle (SV) 17.90; 3. Jackie Bowsher (SV) 18.30. Boys 110 Meter Hurdles: 1. Mac King (LV) 17.70; 2. (tie) Doug Hicks (LV) and Evan Williams (LV) 18.20. Girls 100 Meter Dash: 1. Taylor Miller (LV) 13.60; 2. Morgan Pugh (SV) 13.70; 3. Jennifer Post (SV) 13.90. Boys 100 Meter Dash: 1. John Smith (SV) 11.70; 2. Aaron Hefner (SV) 11.90; 3. (tie) Nick Davisson (SV) and Tyler Kraner (LV) 12.20. Girls 4x200 Meter Relay: 1. Lincolnview (Haley McAbee, Tori Abdul, Taylor Miller, Casey Patterson) 1:53.20. Boys 4x200 Meter Relay: 1. Spencerville (Aaron Hefner, Niko Molina-Sullivan, Austin Lotz, John Smith) 1:37.20. Girls 1,600 Meter Run: 1. Alexa Brown (SV) 5:46.50; 2. Tori Hardesty (SV) 5:54.00; 3. Cassie Hale (LV) 6:24.00. Boys 1,600 Meter Run: 1. Kevin
Indy 500 could have 1st starter from China
By MICHAEL MAROT The Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis 500 could have its first Chinese starter in the field for the race later this month, perhaps a precursor to IndyCar heading for a track in the world’s most populous country. On Tuesday, IndyCar team owners Sam Schmidt and Jay Penske hired Ho-Pin Tung and gave him a shot to qualify for the world-famous race. “Our goal is to have a very smooth (qualifying) week without any incidents and it would be huge if he can qualify in the top 25,” Schmidt said. “If we can keep him in the race all day, we think he’ll be a top 15 or 16 guy.” It won’t be easy. Forty-three driver-car combinations are already expected to vie for 33 starting spots in the May 29 race; more drivers are likely be added over the next 2 1/2 weeks. Tung will be one of the least experienced drivers on the 2.5-mile track. Though he has raced on European road courses, his first attempt at oval racing will come on a track best-known for its high speeds and tricky winds. Tung tested an IndyCar at Sebring last fall for the FAZZT team, which became part of Sam Schmidt Motorsports. That, too, is a road course. But Schmidt, a former IndyCar driver, and Penske, the youngest son of racing icon Roger Penske, were impressed enough with Tung’s performance they decided to give him a shot to make the series’ marquee race. He will be driving the No. 8 car — one of three numbers considered lucky in China. Sam Schmidt Motorsports will provide the sponsorship. Penske’s team, Dragon Racing, will provide the car and the crew. “We’ve had no problem taking people like Alex Lloyd, Pippa Mann or Jay Howard from there (European road courses) and getting them to go fast on ovals,” Schmidt added. “But there’s so much more to learn than going fast on race day.” And Tung’s presence in an IndyCar could provide a huge win for China, too. In 2009, league officials started talking publicly about adding races in Brazil and China. Brazil, the home nation to drivers such as Helio Castroneves and Tony Kanaan, held its inaugural IndyCar race in 2010. Australian Will Power has won both races in Sao Paulo, the most recent coming in Monday’s rain-delayed finish. Before adding China to the schedule, the series needed two things — a drawing card and an open date. Now it has both. With Tung on board and Japanese race officials already announcing this year’s IndyCar event will be the final one at Twin Ring Motegi, IndyCar could soon turn to China to keep an Asian presence on the schedule. Schmidt believes the race could be added by 2013. “I wouldn’t rule out 2012 yet, I think it’s in the future, I just don’t
Tigers 4, Yankees 2 DETROIT — Scott Sizemore had three hits in his return to the major leagues, helping Detroit snap a 7-game losing streak. Sizemore was called up from Triple-A Toledo to try to bolster the top of Detroit’s struggling lineup. Leadoff man Austin Jackson hit a double and a triple and Sizemore hit a double and two singles batting behind him. Brad Penny (2-3) pitched six strong innings without allowing an earned run for the Tigers. He allowed six hits, walked two and struck out one. Jose Valverde finished for his sixth save. CC Sabathia (2-2) went seven innings, allowing four runs and 10 hits. He struck out six and walked three. Sizemore hit .224 in limited duty with Detroit last year and failed to win the second base job during spring training this season. But he was hitting .408 with Toledo when the slumping Tigers decided to give him another chance. Rays 3, Blue Jays 2 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — B.J. Upton hit a 2-run homer in the ninth inning, giving Tampa Bay the victory. After Ben Zobrist singled to start the ninth off Jon Rauch (1-2), Upton hit an 0-1 pitch into the left field seats. Kyle Farnsworth (2-0) got the final out in the top of the ninth for the win. Toronto’s Jo-Jo Reyes is 0-11 in 24 starts since a loss to the Angels on June 13, 2008, while with Atlanta. He allowed one run and four hits in six innings Tuesday. The Blue Jays were without slugger Jose Bautista, who didn’t play because of neck spasms. Tampa Bay All-Star third baseball Evan Longoria was activated from the 15-day disabled list after missing 26 games due to a left oblique strain and had a single in four at-bats. He struck out twice. Rays starter Wade Davis had his 3-game winning streak end. The right-hander gave up two runs and six hits in six innings. Red Sox 7, Angels 3 BOSTON — Jon Lester struck out 11, Adrian Gonzalez and David
Ortiz hit consecutive homers and Boston pulled within one game of .500. The Red Sox, who improved to 6-0 against the Angels this season, are 12-6 following a 2-9 start. Boston has won 15 of its last 16 against the Angels. Lester (4-1) allowed one run, six hits and one walk in seven innings, giving up Mark Trumbo’s secondinning homer that put Los Angeles ahead. He struck out 10 or more for the 15th time in his career.Dan Haren (4-2) allowed two hits until the Red Sox got four in the sixth and two in the seventh as they rallied for a 3-1 lead. Gonzalez and Ortiz hit Boston’s first consecutive homers this season to start the eighth inning. Three batters later, Marco Scutaro hit a 2-run drive over the Green Monster. Royals 6, Orioles 5, 10 innings KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jeff Francoeur drove home the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning after hitting a tying homer in the sixth to lift Kansas City to its fourth straight victory. Alex Gordon walked on four pitches from Jason Berken (0-2) to leadoff the 10th and went to third on Billy Butler’s single to center. Francoeur then lofted a fly to right for the winning run. Rookie left-hander Tim Collins (2-1) retired the only batter he faced to pick up the victory. Baltimore’s Luke Scott hit a 3-run homer, his fourth in six games, to tie the score at 3 in the fourth. Orioles starter Brad Bergesen gave up four runs — three earned — six hits and one walk. Francoeur led off the sixth with his team-leading seventh home run on a 3-1 pitch from Jeremy Accardo. Indians 4, Athletics 1 OAKLAND, Calif. — Orlando Cabrera hit a tie-breaking RBI single in the ninth in his lone at-bat, Fausto Carmona won for the third time in four starts and Cleveland won its seventh straight. Matt LaPorta and Jack Hannahan hit consecutive 1-out singles off Brian Fuentes (1-3) in the ninth before Cabrera delivered against his former club. Asdrubal Cabrera followed with a 2-run single. Carmona (3-3), a 13-game winner and first-time All-Star last year, gave up only Kurt Suzuki’s RBI groundout in the fourth. He allowed five hits and one run, struck out five and walked one in eight innings. Chris Perez pitched a perfect ninth for his eighth save in nine tries. Mariners 4, Rangers 3 SEATTLE — Justin Smoak’s RBI single in the eighth inning, his third hit of the game, pulled Seattle even and Jack Cust followed with the go-ahead RBI single. Seattle won for the sixth time in seven games. Down 2-1 entering the seventh, Seattle pulled even off Texas reliever Pedro Strop (0-1) on Ichiro Suzuki’s double-play groundout that allowed Ryan Langerhans to score. Texas regained the lead in the eighth on Elvis Andrus’ squeeze bunt, but Seattle rallied with two in the bottom of the inning to hand the Rangers their third straight loss. David Pauley (1-0) took over for starter Erik Bedard in the eighth and Texas retook the lead when Julio Borbon led off with a single and scored standing up on Andrus’ perfectly placed squeeze bunt. Brandon League pitched the ninth for his eighth save. Smoak finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs in his first home game since he left the team late last month following the death of his father.
The Associated Press NEW YORK — Aubrey Huff ended an 0-for-20 slump with a leadoff homer in the 10th inning and San Francisco snapped out of its offensive slumber, beating New York 7-6 on Tuesday night. Nate Schierholtz homered for the Giants. Javier Lopez (1-0) and Francisco Rodriguez escaped dicey jams in the ninth before Huff sent a 2-0 pitch from Taylor Buchholz (1-1) off the facing of the right-field overhang for his third home run. Brian Wilson got three outs to earn his ninth save in 10 chances. Carlos Beltran hit a 3-run homer and Ike Davis a 2-run shot for the Mets. Phillies 4, Nationals 1 PHILADELPHIA — Cole Hamels pitched a 5-hitter for Philadelphia and Raul Ibanez doubled twice as he stopped an 0-for-35 slump. Hamels (4-1) struck out six and walked one in his eighth career complete game. Jayson Werth was 0-for-3 with a walk in his first game in Philadelphia since signing a $126 million, 7-year
deal with the Nationals. Michael Morse homered for the Nationals. Livan Hernandez (3-3) allowed four runs and 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings. Astros 10, Reds 4 CINCINNATI — Left-hander J.A. Happ singled home a run during Houston’s 6-run fourth inning and Cincinnati has its first losing record in nearly a year. The defending NL Central champs fell to 14-15, the first time they have been below .500 since they had an identical mark last May 7. The Astros sent 10 batters to the plate in the fourth, knocking Mike Leake (3-1) out of the game. It was the right-hander’s first start since he settled his shoplifting case. Happ (2-4) ended a personal streak of three straight losses. He gave up four runs in 6 1/3 innings. Chris Johnson and Brett Wallace had solo homers for the Astros. Cardinals 7, Marlins 5 ST. LOUIS — Daniel Descalso hit his first career home run, a goahead 3-run shot in the seventh inning, to lead St. Louis. Matt Holliday hit a 2-run homer
know when yet,” series CEO Randy Bernard told The Associated Press on Tuesday. A race in China would give the IndyCar Series an entry into the world’s biggest market and create a potential boon for sponsors, too. It could also help attract more corporate partners to the series, knowing they would have a full weekend to advertise in front of a Chinese audience, something Bernard is quick to acknowledge. Lining up Tung as a driver could make all of it a reality. “We’ve been talking very seriously with China, but until that piece of paper has been signed, it’s still talk. It’s no secret we want to have a race in China,” Bernard added. “China would be a very big deal for us and our sponsors.” Truex gets 4 new crew members CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Martin Truex Jr. fired his pit crew after a botched final stop at Richmond and Michael Waltrip Racing responded Tuesday with four personnel changes for the driver. Truex doesn’t have any actual authority to fire his crew but he did over his team radio Saturday night when a bad stop cost him a decent finish. Truex has had a tough year despite having strong cars through the first part of the season. His good runs have been ruined by either mechanical issues or crew mistakes and he goes into this Saturday night’s race at Darlington Raceway ranked 22nd in the standings with just one top-10 finish.
in the first and had two hits. Albert Pujols was 0-for-5 with his league-leading 10th double-play ball and stranded six runners his first three at-bats, dropping his average to .231. Gaby Sanchez had four singles, one off Fernando Salas (1-0) in the seventh to put Florida ahead 5-4. Marlins starter Anibal Sanchez had a season-high six walks in 4 1/3 innings. Padres 6, Pirates 5 SAN DIEGO — Rob Johnson hit a solo homer in the eighth inning and Heath Bell tied Trevor Hoffman’s club record with his 41st consecutive save to lead San Diego. Johnson’s first home run of the season came off Joe Beimel (0-1) and gave the Padres their fifth home win in 17 games. Mike Adams (1-0) pitched one inning for the win. Bell’s 41st consecutive save, seventh in seven chances this year, tied the team record set by Hoffman, the all-time saves leader. Starting pitcher Mat Latos and Eric Patterson also homered for San Diego.
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where because of their small populations. And Iowa has suffered an increase in foreclosures. The AP’s index calculates a score from 1 to 100 based on unemployment, foreclosure and bankruptcy rates. A higher score signals more economic stress. The average county’s Stress score was 10.5 in March, the lowest level since December. It was 11 in February and 11.5 a year earlier. Under a rough rule of thumb, a county is considered stressed when its score exceeds 11. Using that rule, less than one-third of the counties were stressed in March, down from nearly 40 percent in February. Unemployment in March declined or was unchanged from February in every state but South Dakota and in nearly 90 percent of the counties. Bankruptcies dipped in 43 states and 70 percent of the counties. And foreclosures dropped in 44 states and in more than 70 percent of counties. In March, economic strains eased the most in counties with heavy concentrations of workers in manufacturing, retail and temporary staffing jobs. By contrast, stress rose the most in counties with By The Associated Press Here are the 20 most economically stressed counties with populations of at least 25,000 and their March 2011 Stress scores, according to The Associated Press Economic Stress Index: Imperial County, Calif. 28.52 Lyon County, Nev., 27.86 Sutter County, Calif., 26.42 Merced County, Calif., 26.18 San Benito County, Calif., 25.20 Nye County, Nev., 25.05 Yuba County, Calif., 24.08 San Joaquin County, Calif., 23.85 Stanislaus County, Calif., 23.73 Yuma County, Ariz., 23.73 Lake County, Calif., 23.39 Siskiyou County, Calif., 22.36 Tulare County, Calif., 22.3 Madera County, Calif., 22.19 Fresno County, Calif., 22.14 Kern County, Calif., 22 Kings County, Calif., 21.91 Clark County, Nev., 21.87 Luna County, N.M., 21.7 Glenn County, Calif., 21.56 many workers in wholesale trade and mining. The government reported last week that the overall economy’s growth slowed sharply to an annual rate of just 1.8 percent from January through March. That was down sharply from a 3.1 percent rate in the final three months of 2010. Many economists think the slowdown will be temporary. Nariman Behravesh, chief economist at IHS PITTSBURGH (AP) — A major furniture rental chain provides its customers with computers that allow it to track keystrokes, take screenshots and even snap webcam pictures of renters using the devices at home, a Wyoming couple said in a lawsuit Tuesday. Computer privacy experts said the firm has the right to equip its computers with software it can use to shut off the devices remotely if customers stop paying their bills, but they must be told if they’re being monitored. “If I’m renting a computer ... then I have a right to know what the limitations are and I have a right to know if they’re going to be collecting data from my computer,” said Annie Anton, a professor and computer privacy expert with North Carolina State University. But the couple who sued Atlanta-based Aaron’s Inc. said they had no clue the computer they rented last year was equipped with a device that could spy on them. Brian Byrd, A list of the 20 least economically stressed counties with populations of at least 25,000 and their March 2011 Stress scores, according to The Associated Press Economic Stress Index: Ellis County, Kan., 4.06 Buffalo County, Neb., 4.43 Arlington County, Va., 4.53 Ward County, N.D., 4.54 Burleigh County, N.D., 4.65 Ford County, Kan., 4.72 Madison County, Neb., 4.83 Custer County, Okla., 4.86 Brookings County, S.D., 4.87 Bryan County, Okla., 4.94 Sioux County, Iowa, 4.95 Brown County, S.D., 4.97 Cass County, N.D., 5.1 Pontotoc County, Okla., 5.17 Grafton County, N.H., 5.18 Chittenden County, Vt., 5.18 Eddy County, N.M., 5.21 Midland County, Tex., 5.22 Johnson County, Iowa, 5.26 Albany County, Wyo., 5.27 ———(equals) Source: Associated Press Economic Stress Index Global Insight, thinks growth will rebound to nearly 3 percent in the current April-June quarter. He predicts it will strengthen further to around 3.5 percent in the second half of the year. The unemployment rate, now 8.8 percent, will dip possibly as low as 8 percent by year’s end, Behravesh says. He says the economy should be able to withstand this year’s jump in gasoline prices.
Economic stress drops to 3-month low
By MIKE SCHNEIDER and MARTIN CRUTSINGER The Associated Press Lower unemployment, bankruptcies and foreclosures in March reduced the nation’s economic stress to its lowest point this year, according to The Associated Press’ monthly analysis of conditions around the country. More than 85 percent of the nation’s 3,141 counties and every state but two — Louisiana and South Dakota — enjoyed better conditions in March than in February, the AP’s Economic Stress Index showed. Manufacturing activity, a major driver of economic growth since the recession ended in June 2009, has helped ease hardship in the Great Lakes states and Indiana over the past 12 months — more than in any other region. By contrast, Louisiana, Iowa and the Mountain states of Idaho and Montana have suffered the sharpest increases in stress, year over year. Post-Hurricane Katrina construction projects are winding down in Louisiana. The Mountain states have felt the effects of government job cuts more severely than else-
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DEAR BRUCE: BRUCE WILLIAMS I recently settled a lawsuit that nets me $80,000 that is not taxable. I want to have some available to me in case I should need it in an emergency but would like to invest the rest. I do have a 401(k) but don’t really want to put any money in there because I would then have to pay taxes on it. -- B.N. in Virginia DEAR B.N.: You are on point in not putting your lawsuit money into your 401(k). This income you will be receiving is after-tax dollars, and you don’t want to pay taxes on this by investing it into your 401(k). What you did not mention, as many writers don’t in their letters to me, is your tolerance for risk. There are some good deals out there in the marketplace if you invest with the notion that this money will be invested for a longer period of time. You need to do your homework as to what is doing well in this down economy of ours and what is not doing so well. There are many large, successful companies out there to invest in. If you are opposed to taking any risk, then look for a company whose interest environment is around 2-1‚ÅÑ2 percent. Yes, that is very low but still a respectable rate in today’s times. DEAR BRUCE: You have said in your column many times that someone in their “older” years might want to consider buying a condo or living in an apartment instead of investing in another home. Can you please explain why they should go into a condo or an apartment as opposed to buying themselves a home? -- Reader, via email DEAR READER: It all depends on their lifestyle. If they enjoy painting the outside when needed, mowing the lawn, doing repairs, shoveling snow, spreading salt down, etc., then they may want to consider buying another home. But they need to keep in mind that this is going to be their home for the remainder of their life. Will they want to be doing those chores 10 to 30 years down the line? It is true that in this current economy there are some great deals on houses and condos out there. If it is important for you to own your own home, then maybe you should consider condo living where others are responsible for those things I mentioned earlier. If you want to make someone else responsible for all those things, then consider renting. It’s all a matter of your lifestyle and what you enjoy and how you want to spend the remainder of your years. DEAR BRUCE: I am trying to help a friend who really can use some guidance with his finances. He has been living by himself and taking care of his own affairs for quite a long time but now he needs someone around every day to help with chores and pay bills. His brother wants to move in and help him with all of his affairs. Because he is not being compensated for this, he feels its only right that the house be turned over to him and that his sister should sign over her share for compensation. Right now my friend is in relatively good health but that could change quickly. I am trying to help my friend make the right decision. Should he turn the house over to his brother in lieu of payment? -- P.R., via email DEAR P.R.: Depending on how much common sense the sister has, she should look at her brother taking care of your friend as relieving her from a lot of the responsibilities. Taking care of someone full-time can be very stressful and very expensive. On the other hand, a nursing home can cost a lot more money than the value of the house. I would suggest that the siblings get together and discuss the matters at hand in further detail. This is really a family matter that should be straightened out amongst the siblings. DEAR BRUCE: My husband will soon be 80, and I will be 76 in July. We own our home and the only debt we have is our one credit card that we pay off every month. We get a check from our Discover card on the anniversary of the card, which coincides with our wedding anniversary. We get this bonus for the way that we use the card and pay it off on time. We use it for everything that we can. We do have some funds set aside for needs as we grow older but not enough to keep us in a retirement home for very long should the time come before God calls us home. We have been thinking of doing a reverse mortgage to allow us to do some needed remodeling on our home and perhaps update our 2001 car a bit. We would appreciate any information that you can give us as to the wisdom of doing a reverse mortgage. -- Phyllis DEAR PHYLLIS: It seems to me that you and your husband have kept your affairs in order and should be congratulated. The one major advantage of a reverse mortgage at your age is that it would, in effect, protect the equity in your home from being attached should you require Medicaid in the future. That having been observed, the reverse mortgage is a better deal for you the older the two of you becomes. Once the money changes hands you are guaranteed you can stay in your home for the balance of your lives as long as you make the insurance and tax payments. While a reverse mortgage is more expensive than a traditional one for a variety of reasons I have no problem with that. So many people are mesmerized with the idea that they must leave something for their children. I see no reason for this to be a variable. You should know that the amount that you can borrow is limited by variables such as location of the home, average cost of properties in the area, which a lender should be very able and willing to share with you. On balance, it’s your home, you earned it and I have no reservation on suggesting that you should be the beneficiary.
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By GREG RISLING The Associated Press BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — There were few signs that anything was amiss at 1950sera Playboy playmate Yvette Vickers’ one-bedroom house in Beverly Hills. Lights were left on. A telephone book that had been delivered and sat in front of her house eventually disappeared. And neighbors recalled that she loved to travel to Las Vegas. Then, the letters started piling up in the mailbox. The mail carrier left notes asking where the former B-movie actress was. Neighbor Susan Savage also grew concerned after she saw the yellowing envelopes and the cobwebs that grew around them. Savage managed to get inside the house, finding a badly decomposed body and a space heater set to “on” nearby. “I just screamed,” Savage recalled Tuesday. “I got out of there right away.“ Authorities do not suspect foul play, but say it could take a week to determine definitively that it was Vickers’ body. The remains could have been there from a few months to a year, Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said. The discovery on April 27 on the tree-lined neighborhood overlooking the city shocked some neighbors. “There is a feeling of safety on this street,” said author Terri Cheney, who has lived there since 1994. “You don’t feel like that would happen here — someone being neglected like that.” For many neighbors, Vickers was the elegant, blondhaired woman who kept to herself and tended to her flowers. She was born Yvette Vedder on Aug. 26, 1928, in Kansas City, Mo. She took up acting and, in the 1950s, appeared in “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman,” “Attack of the Giant Leeches” and other cult films. Her first film role was as a giggling girl in “Sunset Boulevard” in 1950. In 1957, she appeared in the James Cagney-directed, “Short Cut to Hell,” but it flopped and she turned to B-movies. “She was quite a looker, very beautiful,” said Don Prell, 81, who married Vickers in the mid-1950s and lived in the house on Westwanda Drive. Prell said Vickers was an only child and was the daughter of a saxophonist who knew the legendary Charlie Parker. “I was very impressed with that,” said Prell, a bassist who played with The Bud Shank Quartet. Prell added it was her desire to be an actress that helped lead to their divorce 2 1/2 years into the marriage. “I came back home off the road and she left a note or something saying she wanted to get out,“ he said. Prell found out later his exwife was the Playboy magazine playmate, July 1959, when he saw her layout in the back room of the San Francisco Symphony where he performed. “I saw the photo and said, ‘that’s my ex-wife up there!’” he said. “The guys there thought it was pretty crazy, a bass player married to someone in Playboy. “It’s probably been a hit all my life,” he said. On Tuesday, various news
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Royal watchers, TV experts and real news
The royal wedding is over. Now we’ll have to go back to watching the boring old news from Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Japan. What will all the unemployed “royal watchers” do until the next one? How will they eat? Where will they live? Will they have to get real jobs until the next royal personage gets engaged? What if there is no next royal wedding? What if that other one, Prince What’sHis-Name, decides to elope? Or not get married at all? Do you have to be a royal watcher to talk about that, or can just anyone do it? It might be years before we figure out that he’s not the marrying kind. Royal watchers would have to get jobs as scone inspectors or butlers. But it might turn out OK in the long run, because then the press could have a frenzy on whether he’s gay or not. Whoopee! They could keep that story going for months, years even. Hundreds of royal watchers would be needed once again to fill up hours of airtime without actually saying anything we didn’t know already. The worst possible thing that could happen for the TV news business would be for His Royal Spareness to get married right now, this week. Absolutely no one would watch. The news shows would then have to trot out “experts” on royal wedding fatigue, its causes and its dangers, explaining between commercials that it is simply too much, like staring directly at the sun. Except one will blind you, the other just bore you to death. Being an expert seems like an easy job that doesn’t require any heavy lifting or even very much makeup. I could be an expert on the people who show up days before a royal wedding or an Oscar ceremony and bring lawn furniture, blankets and coolers full of food so they can have the best seats. I would dig deep and find out if they’re using vacation time from work to sit out there. And where do they go to the
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By DAVID BAUDER The Associated Press NEW YORK — Scott Pelley, named on Tuesday to replace Katie Couric as “CBS Evening News” anchor, promised to bring his “60 Minutes” sensibility to his new job when he starts June 6. CBS hasn’t set an exit date for Couric, who is expected to start a daytime talk show at either ABC or CBS. Her contract expires June 4. Pelley, who has been at CBS since 1989, said he said he instantly agreed when asked to fill the anchor seat that had been occupied by Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather and Bob Schieffer before Couric took over five years ago this fall. CBS has rarely been out of last place in the news ratings the past decade. “The opportunity to lead the organization as managing editor of the evening news is something you aspire to, something you never believe you could actually achieve,” Pelley said in an interview Tuesday. Pelley, 53, has been at “60 Minutes” since 2004, and he’s won 14 Emmys and two Peabody awards. He joked that he had expected to stay at the job “all the way up to the mandatory retirement age of 95.” Jeff Fager, the CBS News chairman and executive producer of “60 Minutes,” said he thought it was important for CBS to choose a new anchor from within. Even as it has fallen on hard times, CBS News is filled with veterans who take the network’s tradition dating back to Edward R. Murrow very seriously, and many of them never quite took to Couric. “There’s a great tradition here and I think Scott’s a terrific symbol of that tradition,” Fager said. He called Pelley “as good a reporter as has ever worked at this network.” Fager also said he expects to name a replacement for “CBS Evening News” executive producer Rick Kaplan soon. Pelley said “60 Minutes” gets many letters from viewers who say that they’ve been following an issue for a while but never truly understood what was going on until the newsmagazine did a story on it. He hopes viewers have the same attitude about evening news stories. Pelley will continue to do work for “60 Minutes,” which has landed an interview with President Barack Obama to air this weekend. “60 Minutes” airs on the same network, but its offices are across Manhattan’s West 57th Street from the rest of the news division. The distance often seems greater than the ribbon of blacktop; Rather and Couric weren’t truly accepted there, and vice versa. With Pelley and Fager — who produced the evening news during its last sustained period out of last place in the ratings, during the late 1990s — CBS is pushing for more cooperation from its broadcasts. If “60 Minutes” has a good story, CBS’ new bosses want the evening news to highlight and try to advance it. Pelley said he wants an evening newscast known for original reporting, unique insight into the news, great storytelling and fairness to all involved. He said he’s not passing judgment on how it’s done now, since he watches only sporadically due to his travel schedule. Pelley “is a great reporter and a real gentleman, who cares deeply about the news,” Couric said. “I know he’ll put his own unique imprimatur on the broadcast and will do a great job carrying on the tradition of the ’CBS Evening News.’” NEW YORK (AP) — Who says Broadway won’t take a risk? “The Book of Mormon” and “The Scottsboro Boys” — two very different musicals with very different fates — have emerged with the most Tony Award nominations this season. “Mormon,” which induces giggles with its diarrhea jokes and songs about body parts, and “Scottsboro,” a searing look at a racial injustice that featured a graphic whipping, clearly pushed the boundaries of traditional Broadway fare. One paid off, the other did not. “People are excited when they sit down in those seats because they don’t know what’s going to happen,” said Rory O’Malley, whose turn in “Mormon” earned him a nomination for best featured actor in a musical. “This is dangerous in the best sense.” That could also sum up the sentiment created by John Kander and Fred Ebb’s
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DEAR DR. GOTT: Are there any new developments in the treatment of tinnitus that really work? My wife swears by many of your remedies. Your articles are the only reason we get a printed newspaper. DEAR READER: Tinnitus (noise or ringing in one or both ears) is not a disease but a symptom that points to something wrong in the auditory system. The cause can be something as simple as wax blocking the ear canal, the result of a thyroid abnormality, Meniere’s disease, infection, noise-induced hearing loss, aneurysm or brain tumor and more. My guess is that because you or a family member has tinnitus, your doctor has referred you to an otolaryngologist (ear-noseand-throat specialist) or an audiologist and an examination has been performed. This first step would likely rule out simple wax impaction. A series of specialized tests can help determine where the problem originated. An auditory brain response to test hearing nerves and brain pathways or a CT or MRI to rule out tumor on a nerve may be ordered. A physician might suggest hearing aids to control outside sound levels; wearable sound generators that fit in the ear to generate pleasant sounds or white noise to mask the tinnitus; acoustic nerve stimulation to reduce or eliminate the tinnitus; cochlear implants that can bypass the damaged area of the inner ear but send electrical signals to stimulate the auditory nerve; biofeedback; and more. A study performed in Brazil some six years ago tested the drug acamprosate (Campral), currently used for the control of alcoholism, in tinnitus sufferers. It showed greater than 86 percent relief of symptoms. Studies remain ongoing in the United States for
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By Bernice Bede Osol
Thursday, May 5, 2011 Because the year ahead is destined to contain an excellent growth cycle, keep your head out of the clouds and your feet squarely on the ground. It’s the best way for you to make every one of your numerous opportunities count. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- If an associate at work tries to copy what you are doing, find a quiet corner off by yourself where you can perform your job. The boss will want to credit the real performer. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -Should you find yourself smack up against someone who always tries to upstage others, don’t let this person steal your spotlight. Protect yourself, don’t wreck yourself. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Don’t let self-doubt fill you with pessimism regarding outcome of events. If you can maintain a can-do spirit, everything will work out just fine. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -Although there is little doubt that you will be a welcome addition to a social gathering, a friend of yours who tags along might not feel so embraced. Help him or her to feel included. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- You’re not likely to get things by merely snapping your fingers, but you will get what your work entitles you to receive. It’ll be in your hands as to how much or how little you make. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -Today is not likely to be without its frustrations, so it will be important to keep a cool head. By holding things together, you’ll be able to overcome any impediment that bars your path. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- One of the most admirable things about you is your helpfulness to those who need assistance. Don’t be surprised if people who can’t manage on their own lean on you. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- Before attempting something new, you should think through all the things that could go wrong and try to avoid them as much as possible. It’ll help you get off to a good start. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- When you’re working with a clearly defined objective, impressive achievements become far more probable. Don’t mar this clarity by taking on a lot of inessential side projects. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -Avoid discussing exciting plans with someone who is a negative thinker and is apt to put a damper on them. Tell a pal who’ll add pizzazz on your ideas. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -As long as you and your associates don’t have unrealistic expectations, you can make a joint endeavor successful. Be grounded and realistic, and avoid enticing yet false utopian goals. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -You can add a substantial amount of productivity to your work simply by showing a willingness to cooperate with colleagues. You’ll accomplish much by sharing.
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Dear Annie: My mother to be especially nice, you is in her late 80s and is can offer on rare occasion to becoming increasingly dif- baby-sit when the kids are ficult. She’s always been already asleep. Dear Annie: This is in rather critical, but now she is downright rude and insult- response to the letter from ing. It’s as though being old “Jennifer,” who is troubled gives her the right to say by her safe-but-boring maranything that pops into her riage. Her words tugged at head without consideration my heart. I am also in my mid-40s for anyone else’s feelings. and in a dull marMy husband riage. My husband tells me to ignore is a decent man, but her comments. I self-centered. At his know he’s right, hands, I was the vicbut old habits tim of a single incidie hard, and I dent of marital rape, still try to defend which he claims myself, and also to not remember. my family when I sought therapy, she insults them. and my counselor I know she isn’t said my husband, going to change, not a violent man, so somehow I have to find a bet- Annie’s Mailbox may have been in a dissociative state ter way to respond to her. Please give me some and unaware of his actions. strategies to control my I insisted my husband also instinctive defensive reac- have therapy, but he discontions -- without starting an tinued treatment because he argument, being “hateful” didn’t think he had much to (her word) or walking away, work on. I left psychotherapy which would be tantamount after nearly 18 months when to declaring war. -- Dutiful my therapist began to complain that I was not turning Daughter Dear Daughter: Your out to be one of her success mother may be exhibiting stories. I feel worse now than early signs of dementia, one I did before. My own family has been of which is the inability to censor what comes out of less than supportive. I have her mouth. Ask if you can chosen to stay in this maraccompany her to her next riage because divorce would doctor’s appointment. That cause a great deal of emowill give you an opportunity tional pain to our children. to mention this possibility We are no longer intimate, to the doctor and request an and there are days when I evaluation. Perhaps if you feel so empty, I can’t even can keep in mind that her cry. I want Jennifer to know insults are not entirely with- she is not alone. -- Caged Dear Caged: We apprein her control, it will help you be less defensive and ciate your words of solidarity, but your situation and respond with sympathy. Dear Annie: Now that my Jennifer’s are not the same. own children are adults, I Her husband doesn’t excite am constantly being asked her. Yours attacked you. A by family members to watch more understanding counseltheir children on evenings or might be able to help you and weekends. But I have a move forward with a diffull-time job and need my ferent therapeutic approach. downtime. Plus, my home is Please try. no longer kid friendly. I like their children, but they are all under age 3, and it’s a lot of work. Every week, I’ll get a call asking whether I can come to their home or they can drop off their child at mine. They never offer to pay, and even if they did, I still don’t care to baby-sit. I have managed to come up with some excuses, but I’m tired of lying about being busy. Is there a tactful way to let them know I’m simply not interested in spending my free time running a day care center? -- No Day Care Dear No Day Care: You’ll have to risk a little fallout if you want this problem to go away. Tell your relatives, “I love your children dearly, but I simply don’t have the energy to run after toddlers anymore. Sorry.” If you want
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Levee blast eases threat to Illinois town
By JIM SUHR and JIM SALTER Associated Press WYATT, Mo. — The dramatic, late-night demolition of a huge earthen levee sent chocolate-colored floodwaters pouring onto thousands of acres of Missouri farmland Tuesday, easing the threat to a tiny Illinois town being menaced by the Mississippi River. But the blast near Cairo, Ill., did nothing to ease the risk of more trouble downstream, where the mighty river is expected to rise to its highest levels since the 1920s in some parts of Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana. “We’re making a lot of unfortunate history here in Mississippi in April and May,” said Jeff Rent, a spokesman for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. “We had the historic tornados, and now this could be a historic event.” The Army Corps of Engineers was considering making similar use of other “floodways” — enormous basins surrounded by giant levees that can be opened to divert floodwaters. A staccato series of explosions lit up the night sky Monday over the Mississippi with orange flashes and opened a massive hole in the Birds Point levee. A wall of water up to 15 feet high swiftly filled corn, soybean and wheat fields in southeast Missouri. Upstream at Cairo, which sits precariously at the confluence of the swollen Mississippi and Ohio rivers, preliminary readings suggested the explosion worked. But across the river, clearing skies gave a heartbreaking view of the inundation triggered by the demolition. The torrent swamped an estimated 200 square miles, washing away crop prospects for this year and damaging or destroying as many as 100 homes. A group of 25 farmers sued the federal government Tuesday, arguing that their land had been taken without adequate compensation. At a spot along the Birds Point levee, 56-year-old Ray Presson looked through binoculars to see just how high the water stood at his 101-year-old home and the 2,400 acres he farms around it. Presson is staying with a cousin in nearby Charleston, and he’s not sure when, or if, he’ll get to go home. “It could be three weeks. It could be two months,” he said. “The government’s not giving us any kind of timetable.” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said farmers who had crop insurance will be eligible for government reimbursements if their land was flooded. Other forms of help will be available for livestock producers and tree farmers under the same programs designed for natural disasters. People who lost homes may also be eligible for rural housing loans. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, who stood behind the state’s failed legal fight to stop the destruction of the levee , said state leaders would do everything “within our power to make sure the levee is rebuilt and those fields, the most fertile fields in the heartland, are put back in production.” By blowing the levee, the corps hoped to reduce the river level at Cairo and ease pressure on the floodwall protecting the town. As of Tuesday afternoon, the Mississippi had receded to 60.2 feet and continued to fall, a day after a record crest. “Things look slightly better, but we’re not out of the woods,” Police Chief Gary Hankins said while driving his patrol car past jail inmates assigned to fill sandbags outside an auto-parts store. But if Cairo and other spots were dodging disaster, ominous flooding forecasts were raising alarm from southeast Missouri to Louisiana and Mississippi. In Missouri, the town of Caruthersville was bracing for a crest of 49.7 feet later this week. The flood wall protecting the town can hold back up to 50 feet, but a sustained crest will pressure the wall. Workers have been fortifying the concrete and earthen barrier with thousands of sand bags. Memphis could see a near-record crest of 48 feet on May 10, just inches lower than the record of 48.7 feet in 1937. Water from the Wolf and Loosahatchie rivers has already seeped into parts of the suburbs, and some mobile home parks were inundated. Flooding fears prompted Shelby County authorities to declare an emergency for 920,000
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BP to pay $25M penalty for 2006 Alaska spills
By DAN JOLING Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska — BP’s subsidiary in Alaska will pay a $25 million civil penalty under a settlement announced Tuesday that comes five years after more than 200,000 gallons of crude oil spilled from company pipelines on the North Slope. The penalty is the largest per barrel civil penalty assessed, exceeding the statutory maximum because the settlement, resolves claims other than the spill, according to the EPA. The settlement also calls for BP Exploration Alaska Inc. to install a system-wide pipeline integrity management program. U.S. Attorney for Alaska Karen Loeffler said the penalty underlines the seriousness of BP’s conduct. She said BP Alaska admitted that it cut corners and failed to do what was required to adequately maintain its pipelines. A March 2006 leak in a transit line, also called a feeder line, between a gathering center and a pump station for the transAlaska oil pipeline in March accounted for most of the oil spilled, about 212,000 gallons. Oil from the spill reached a lake. BP four months later had begun inspecting pipelines with “smart pigs,“ devices inserted to detect abnormalities, when a second leak occurred. The tiny second leak allowed about 1,000 gallons more to spill from another transit line. With data in hand indicating 16 “anomalies,” or other possible By NOMAAN MERCHANT Associated Press
Rain, chill add to misery in ‘Bama
By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN and JAY REEVES Associated Press
residents. Authorities blocked some suburban streets, and about 220 people were staying in shelters. Farther south, the lower Mississippi River was expected to crest well above flood stages in a region still dealing with the aftermath of last week’s deadly tornadoes. Forecasters say the river could break records in Mississippi that were set during catastrophic floods in 1927 and 1937. Gov. Haley Barbour started warning people last week to take precautions if they live in flood-prone areas near the river. He compared the swell of water moving downriver to a pig moving through a python. Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh — the man ultimately responsible for the decision to go through with breaking the Missouri levee — has indicated that he may not stop. In recent days, Walsh has said he might also make use of other downstream basins surrounded by levees that can intentionally be opened to divert floodwaters. Unlike the Missouri levee, these floodways can be opened using gates designed for the purpose, not explosives. Among the structures that could be tapped are the 58-year-old Morganza floodway near Morgan City, La., and the Bonnet Carre floodway about 30 miles north of New Orleans. The Morganza has been pressed into service just once, in 1973. The Bonnet Carre, which was christened in 1932 has been opened nine times since 1937, most recently in 2008.
Scouts rescued from wilderness
House leaders seek political pointsin fight over desert mountain range
By CRISTINA SILVA Associated Press
corrosive spots, BP shut down part of the massive Prudhoe Bay field. The partial shutdown brought an economic chill throughout the state and led then-Gov. Frank Murkowski to temporarily freeze hiring until the effects of the interruption on the state budget would be known. Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, said BP in 2007 pleaded guilty to criminal charges related to the spills and was ordered to pay $20 million, including $12 million in criminal fines. Cynthia Quarterman, administrator for the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, said her agency found serious safety problems relating to internal corrosion on the pipelines and ordered BP to correct those problems. BP had a year to address the problems but its willful failure to do so led to filing civil litigation against the company, she said. The settlement requires BP Alaska to develop a system-wide program to manage pipeline integrity for the company’s 1,600 miles of pipeline on the North Slope based on PHMSA’s integrity management program. That cost is estimated at $60 million. BP will be required to compile information on pipelines and what they carry, ranking them by highest risk. It will be required to provide an electric Web portal and post reports. The information will be public, Quarterman said.
LANGLEY, Ark. — In the same remote valley where 20 people died in a flash flood last summer, six Louisiana Boy Scouts trapped by a rising river built a campfire and ate jambalaya and grits, confident rescuers would eventually arrive. The boys’ two adult leaders had them set up camp near a mountain they could climb if their trail flooded — one of a series of decisions that allowed the group to emerge unharmed from the Albert Pike Recreation Area in southwest Arkansas. Rescuers also praised them for good planning, leaving a map of their planned trek and avoiding the valley floor when they realized how deep and fast the river had grown. “They did exactly what they needed to do,” Montgomery County Sheriff David White said. “As long as they stayed on high ground, we figured they were going to be in good shape.” While the weekend’s conditions weren’t as bad as the deadly flood that struck last year while people were sleeping, they were dangerous. The boys crossed the Little Missouri River at the start of their trip Thursday but by the time they went to leave Sunday morning, it had grown to 70 yards wide and up to 5 feet deep. Scoutmaster Jeff Robinson tested it and ordered the troop to retreat. “I realized the water was too strong to cross the river with the boys,” Robinson said. A National Guard helicopter eventually plucked the group to safety after sunrise Tuesday. The boys said they passed the time in between talking and sleeping in. With no cell phone service available, several said their biggest concern was what their parents were thinking. “I was worried that my parents would freak out,” said Ian Fuselier, 13. After eating jambalaya, eggs and grits Sunday, the boys had only one meal of jambalaya Monday. But Robinson said they had enough food to last several days, a water filter and a dry camp. “If we had to stay three, four, five days, we had the resources to do so,” he said. Troop 162 was reported missing when it didn’t return home Monday as planned, and anxious parents and relatives drove up from Lafayette, La. Search teams on the ground couldn’t find the boys, and rain and fog prevented a helicopter from doing a flyover.
LAS VEGAS — Yucca Mountain is a wild expanse of desert brush and red mountains 100 miles outside of Las Vegas where deer, coyote and antelope roam isolated fields and human visitors must pass background checks before they are allowed past heavily guarded fences. Republicans claim this stark landscape is the nation’s best hope for a national nuclear waste dump. But with Democrats running the White House and Senate, the Yucca Mountain nuclear site has been shuttered with no chance of reopening. Critics claim the project is dangerous. The half-built nuclear junkyard would require nuclear plants to ship their waste to rural Nevada along the nation’s vulnerable roadways and railways. Yet some proponents refuse to back down. A House subcommittee on energy and commerce plans to question nuclear leaders in a hearing today that is part of an ongoing investigation into the legality of abandoning the project. At the center of the battle is the enduring question of what to do with the tons of radioactive waste stored at nuclear power plants across the nation. In general, Republicans, especially those in Texas, Illinois, South Carolina and Mississippi and other states that depend on nuclear reactors for power and jobs, worry the temporary storage containers at nuclear plants are not safe, and want to see the waste moved to the Nevada wild. “It’s in a desert and it’s underneath a mountain,” said Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., chairman of the House energy and commerce subcommittee. “If you can’t put it here, you can’t put it anywhere.”
NYC sees spike in suspicious packages
Big Apple taxis go Japanese
By SAMANTHA GROSS Associated Press
NEW YORK — It looks like something you’d see on a suburban cul-de-sac, not inching through Times Square. A boxy minivan made by Nissan will be the next iconic yellow cab in New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Tuesday. The model, selected from among three finalists in a city competition, is designed so that it could eventually be updated with an electric engine. The city is exploring the possibility of ultimately replacing the city’s entire fleet of more than 13,000 taxis with vehicles powered by electricity. Bloomberg conceded at a City Hall news conference that the minivan — which offers extra passenger legroom and enough trunk space for the luggage of four people — might make some think of suburbia, but he said the distinctive yellow paint job will make them New York icons. The minivan features a panoramic overhead window that will give tourists a view of the city’s skyscrapers and onboard outlets and charging stations that will allow professionals to treat the cabs as mobile offices. With such amenities, city Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky said he believed the vehicles could become as beloved as the Checker cabs of yesteryear. The anchor of the city’s current fleet of more than 13,200 taxis is Ford’s Crown Victoria, which was recently discontinued. The Nissan van, which beat out proposals from Ford Motor Co. and Turkey’s Karsan, will be phased in beginning in 2013 as older taxis age out of service. All current taxis, including the city’s hybrid cabs, will be off the streets by 2018. Although the city was not legally allowed to make its decision based on fuel efficiency, Nissan’s vehicles would double efficiency to 25 miles per gallon from the Crown Victoria’s 12 to 13 miles per gallon, the mayor said. The Nissan was the most fuel efficient and the cheapest of the three finalists, and is expected to cost about $29,000 — with an anticipated $1 billion in total sales.
NEW YORK (AP) — Within minutes of a news conference at ground zero where authorities preached calm and vigilance after the killing of Osama bin Laden, the alarming 911 call came in. The caller in Times Square on Monday afternoon reported that a suspicious package was sitting on the sidewalk at West 43rd Street and Eighth Avenue — a mere two blocks from where admitted terrorist Faisal Shahzad had failed in his frightening attempt to blow up a car bomb almost exactly a year earlier. Unlike the Shahzad case, the scare fizzled out in a more familiar way: The New York Police Department patrol officers who swarmed the area quickly determined the package was a bag of garbage. The NYPD says such false alarms have become a frequent but necessary annoyance for authorities laboring to protect a nervous city in the post-9/11 world. There were 10,566 reports of suspicious objects across the five boroughs in 2010. So far this year, the total was 2,775 as of Tuesday compared with 2,477 through the same period last year. The reports sometimes result in the discovery of explosives that have nothing to do with terror, like when a volunteer doing gardening at a Manhattan cemetery last year dug up a discarded bag containing plastic explosives. But the vast majority of suspicious packages turn out to be nothing more than briefcases, backpacks or shopping bags innocently left unattended or discarded in transportation hubs or other hightraffic locations. The daily totals typically spike when terrorist plot makes headlines here or overseas, NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said Tuesday. The false alarms themselves sometimes get break-in cable news coverage or feed chatter online, fueling further fright. On Monday, with news of the dramatic military raid of bin Laden’s Pakistani lair at full throttle, there were 62 reports of suspicious packages. The previous Monday, the 24-hour total was 18. All were deemed non-threats. The volume of calls means more work for the NYPD, but Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the message stays the same: Keep them coming.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Rain added to the misery of those in several Southern states trying to salvage what they could from homes badly damaged by deadly twisters, leaving them shivering in unseasonable temperatures in the lows 50s. Becky Curtis sat in the bathroom, one of the only dry spots in her small red-brick apartment in gray, chilly, Tuscaloosa on Tuesday, sorting through old cassette tapes. In another room, rain dripped through holes in the ceiling onto her hardwood floors. “We’re trying to get all this stuff out of here as fast as we can to save some mementoes,” she said. The rain “definitely does not help.” Though the sun was supposed to be out again today in Birmingham, temperatures the next couple days are forecast to be cooler there and in other areas of the South where many lost everything, including coats, sweat shirts and sweaters, leaving them with little to protect themselves from the chill. The rain also didn’t make the grim search for possibly more bodies under splintered homes and businesses any easier. The death toll in Alabama was reduced after officials started counting again because they were worried some of the victims might have been tallied twice. Officials believe 236 people died in Alabama, accounting for about a third of the 328 people killed in all, making it the nation’s deadliest twister outbreak since the Great Depression. The financial and economic toll is far from being calculated. Besides homes, hundreds of factories and other businesses were destroyed, and many others were left without electricity, throwing thousands out of work. It comes in an area where many people were struggling to make ends meet even before the twisters flattened neighborhoods in Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and Mississippi. Unemployment in March ranged from 9.2 percent in Alabama to 10.2 percent in Mississippi. In Birmingham, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice toured an aid and donation center in a neighborhood of her home city that was heavily damaged. She grew up in the city and still has family there. “You realize that with every home that’s flattened, there are dreams and memories that have gone with that home. So this is a very human tragedy,” said Rice, who served in former President George W. Bush’s administration. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said Tuesday that his state — that he had presided over for just 100 days when the tornadoes hit — is facing an unprecedented rebuilding effort, with more than half of the state’s counties declared disaster areas. “Ladies and gentlemen, we cannot — and we will not — let these people down. As leaders of this state, we will see that Alabama is rebuilt,” he said. One of the twisters destroyed a Wrangler jeans distribution center that employed 150 people in Hackleburg, an Alabama town of about 1,500. The town is in a county with an unemployment rate of nearly 13 percent. “That one industry is the town,” said Seth Hammett, director of the Alabama Development Office. “Until they get back up and going again, that town will not be the same.” VF Corp., Wrangler’s parent company, said it is looking into setting up distribution operations in another location nearby to allow people to get back to work quickly, and employees will continue getting pay and benefits in the meantime. Eric Wiseman, chairman and CEO, said VF is also establishing a help center where workers can get food, water, gift cards and other critical supplies.
Answers to Tuesday’s questions: The popular 1969 buddy movie “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford, ends with the understatement, “For a moment, I thought we were in trouble.” Presidents Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Harry S Truman belonged to the Baker Street Irregulars, the international organization of Sherlock Holmes enthusiasts. Today’s questions: What is the minimum size set for holes in U.S.manufactured Grade A Swiss cheese? How about the maximum size? What team holds the National Football League record for most yards penalized in a single season? Answers in Thursday’s Herald. Today’s words: Peniatary: a branch of medicine dealing with prisoners. Zoophobia: fear of animals Today’s joke: The Picnic A Rabbi and a Catholic Priest met at the town’s annual 4th of July picnic. Old friends, they began their usual banter. “This baked ham is really delicious,” the priest teased the rabbi. “You really ought to try it. I know it’s against your religion but I can’t understand why such a wonderful food should be forbidden! You don’t know what you’re missing. You just haven’t lived until you’ve tried Mrs. Hall’s prized Virginia Baked Ham. Tell me, Rabbi, when are you going to break down and try it?” The rabbi looked at the priest with a big grin, and said, “At your wedding.”
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